wend

verb
\ ˈwend How to pronounce wend (audio) \
wended; wending; wends

Definition of wend

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to direct one's course : travel

transitive verb

: to proceed on (one's way) : direct

Wend

noun
\ ˈwend How to pronounce Wend (audio) \

Definition of Wend (Entry 2 of 2)

: a member of a Slavic people of eastern Germany

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Wend is related to the verb "wind," which means, among other things, "to follow a series of curves and turns." It is also a distant relative of the verb "wander." "Wend" itself began its journey in Old English as windan, meaning "to twist." "Wend" has twisted itself into various meanings over the years. Most of its senses-including "to come about," "to depart," "to change," and "to betake"-have since wandered off into obscurity, but its current sense of "to direct or to proceed" is holding steady on the path.

Examples of wend in a Sentence

Verb We wended through the narrow streets. We wended our way through the narrow streets.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Before the extension, with the moratorium set to expire Jan. 31, Badon said the judges debated opening on weekends and running a night court to wend through the backlog. John Simerman, NOLA.com, "Longer eviction ban, Biden executive orders draw sighs of short-term relief in New Orleans area," 22 Jan. 2021 The western segment of the parkway tunnels is being topped with fresh soil, and a trail will wend through the historic army batteries and mature trees. John King, SFChronicle.com, "Crissy Field has new neighbors — 7 acres of tidal wetlands and a hilltop park-to-be," 11 Dec. 2020 Spend time in the treetops on an elevated skywalk, trek a 500-foot trail through a woodland habitat that includes an adventure bridge, explore a cave’s stalactites and stalagmites and wend your way through a caterpillar maze. Shannon Sutlief, Dallas News, "Fun things to do in November in Dallas-Fort Worth — online, outdoors and more," 6 Nov. 2020 Once the park is complete — likely next summer or fall — walkways will wend along the river, through a pollinator garden and beside green spaces lined with flowers and reedy grasses native to the low-lying wetland area. New York Times, "Park With Covid Memorial Is Rising on Site of Former Toxic Dump," 4 Dec. 2020 Spend time in the treetops on an elevated skywalk, trek a 500-foot trail through a woodland habitat that includes an adventure bridge, explore a cave’s stalactites and stalagmites and wend your way through a caterpillar maze. Shannon Sutlief, Dallas News, "Fun things to do in November in Dallas-Fort Worth — online, outdoors and more," 6 Nov. 2020 Spend time in the treetops on an elevated skywalk, trek a 500-foot trail through a woodland habitat that includes an adventure bridge, explore a cave’s stalactites and stalagmites and wend your way through a caterpillar maze. Shannon Sutlief, Dallas News, "Fun things to do in November in Dallas-Fort Worth — online, outdoors and more," 6 Nov. 2020 Spend time in the treetops on an elevated skywalk, trek a 500-foot trail through a woodland habitat that includes an adventure bridge, explore a cave’s stalactites and stalagmites and wend your way through a caterpillar maze. Shannon Sutlief, Dallas News, "Fun things to do in November in Dallas-Fort Worth — online, outdoors and more," 6 Nov. 2020 Spend time in the treetops on an elevated skywalk, trek a 500-foot trail through a woodland habitat that includes an adventure bridge, explore a cave’s stalactites and stalagmites and wend your way through a caterpillar maze. Shannon Sutlief, Dallas News, "Fun things to do this month in Dallas-Fort Worth — online, outdoors and more," 29 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of wend

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Noun

1786, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wend

Verb

Middle English, from Old English wendan; akin to Old High German wenten to turn, Old English windan to twist — more at wind entry 3

Noun

German Wende, from Old High German Winida; akin to Old English Winedas, plural, Wends

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“Wend.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wend. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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wend

verb

English Language Learners Definition of wend

literary : to move from one place to another

wend

verb
\ ˈwend How to pronounce wend (audio) \
wended; wending

Kids Definition of wend

: to go from one place to another

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