Thesaurus

mend

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of mend

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

Synonyms for mend

Words Related to mend

Near Antonyms for mend

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

Synonyms for mend

Words Related to mend

Near Antonyms for mend

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

Synonyms for mend

Words Related to mend

Near Antonyms for mend

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

Synonyms for mend

Words Related to mend

Phrases Synonymous with mend

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

Synonyms for mend

Words Related to mend

Phrases Synonymous with mend

Near Antonyms for mend

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

Synonyms for mend

Words Related to mend

Near Antonyms for mend

See the Dictionary Definition 

Frequently Asked Questions About mend

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about mend

Time Traveler for mend

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Cite this Entry

“Mend.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/mend. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on mend

Dictionary: Definition of mend

Medical Dictionary: Definition of mend

Nglish: Translation of mend for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of mend for Arabic Speakers

Comments on mend

What made you want to look up mend? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!