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mend

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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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make amends for, make good for

5 to change one's behavior or character for the better
  • Everyone's written her off as a liar, but I say it's never too late to mend.
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clean up one's act

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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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mend, repair, patch, rebuild 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
repair applies to the fixing of more extensive damage or dilapidation.
    • repaired the back steps
patch implies an often temporary fixing of a hole or break with new material.
    • patch worn jeans
rebuild suggests making like new without completely replacing.
    • a rebuilt automobile engine

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