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mend

verb

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1 to put into good shape or working order again
  • that shirt will be as good as new when I'm finished mending it

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2 to become healthy and strong again after illness or weakness
  • she's mending after a particularly nasty bout of the flu

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3 to restore to a healthy condition
  • mended the broken plant so that it was soon thriving again

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4 to make up for (an offense)
  • the proverb "least said, soonest mended" should be heeded by anyone tempted to angrily blurt out things they really don't mean

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5 to change one's behavior or character for the better
  • everyone's written her off as a liar and a thief, but I say it's never too late to mend

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6 to bring about recovery from
  • the old adage that only time can mend a broken heart

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How does the verb mend contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of mend are patch, rebuild, and repair. While all these words mean "to put into good order something that is injured, damaged, or defective," mend implies making whole or sound something broken, torn, or injured.

mended the torn dress

When is patch a more appropriate choice than mend?

Although the words patch and mend have much in common, patch implies an often temporary fixing of a hole or break with new material.

patch worn jeans

Where would rebuild be a reasonable alternative to mend?

The words rebuild and mend are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, rebuild suggests making like new without completely replacing.

a rebuilt automobile engine

When can repair be used instead of mend?

The words repair and mend can be used in similar contexts, but repair applies to the fixing of more extensive damage or dilapidation.

repaired the back steps

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The first known use of mend was in the 13th century

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“Mend.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/mend. Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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