mend

verb
\ ˈmend How to pronounce mend (audio) \
mended; mending; mends

Definition of mend

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to free from faults or defects: such as
a : to improve in manners or morals : reform was advised to mend his ways
b : to set right : correct mend a corrupt text
c : to put into good shape or working order again : patch up : repair the roads were never mended— Ellen Glasgow
d : to improve or strengthen (something, such as a relationship) by negotiation or conciliation used chiefly in the phrase mend fences spends the weekend mending political fences— E. O. Hauser
e : to restore to health : cure before the bone was fully mendedCurrent Biography
2 : to make amends or atonement for least said, soonest mended

intransitive verb

1 : to improve morally : reform It's never too late to mend.
2 : to become corrected or improved depression and lack of spirit mended visibly— Arnold Nicholson
3 : to improve in health also : heal his injury mended rather quickly

mend

noun

Definition of mend (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act of mending : repair
2 : a mended place
on the mend
: getting better : improving

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Other Words from mend

Verb

mendable \ ˈmen-​də-​bəl How to pronounce mend (audio) \ adjective
mender noun

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Verb

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

Examples of mend in a Sentence

Verb The town needs to mend these roads. Fishermen were mending their nets. Her arm mended slowly after surgery. His broken heart never completely mended. Noun You can hardly see the mend in the sleeve.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The meeting followed a Sept. 22 phone call between President Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron, during which the leaders pledged to mend relations. Courtney Mcbride, WSJ, 1 Oct. 2021 But Webber has maintained that the two have to have a private conversation to really mend bridges. Tyler J. Davis, Detroit Free Press, 8 Sep. 2021 The strain was expected to mend with rest, a positive prognosis but nonetheless a frustrating development for the quarterback who suffered a season-ending ankle injury Oct. 11. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, 26 Aug. 2021 But 2021 has become a season to recover, to mend, to find peace and togetherness and a purpose beyond the gridiron for the folks in Tolleson. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, 20 Aug. 2021 The grim delays gave Neff more time to mend and improve. Jason Gay, WSJ, 27 July 2021 Take time to mend and focus on your own mental health and personal development. Annie Lane, oregonlive, 4 July 2021 Take time to mend and focus on your own mental health and personal development. cleveland, 4 July 2021 And yet, a bill that would address economic reparations to the African-American community, and actually try to mend historic harms, has languished for over 30 years. Morgan Simon, Forbes, 19 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun An aide to the former president said Bill Clinton had a urological infection that spread to his bloodstream but was on the mend and never went into septic shock, a potentially life-threatening condition. BostonGlobe.com, 18 Oct. 2021 An aide to the former president said Bill Clinton had a urological infection that spread to his bloodstream but was on the mend and never went into septic shock, a potentially life-threatening condition. Haven Daley, chicagotribune.com, 17 Oct. 2021 With Pascal Siakam still on the mend, Precious Achiuwa is poised to be Toronto’s next successful development story as an athletic and high-energy reserve. Brett Knight, Forbes, 17 Oct. 2021 Katey Sagal in on the mend after being struck by a car while crossing a street in Los Angeles on Thursday, PEOPLE confirms. Emily Strohm, PEOPLE.com, 15 Oct. 2021 Scholar, professor and news host Marc Lamont Hill is on the mend after suffering a heart attack. Essence, 2 Oct. 2021 The Yankees enter the final weekend of the regular season jostling for a playoff spot with several stars on the mend. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, 2 Oct. 2021 Last season, when Warren and LeVert were both on the mend, the Pacers often started Justin Holiday at the shooting guard spot and Doug McDermott at small forward. Tony East, Forbes, 29 Sep. 2021 McCaffrey will at least miss Week 4 in Dallas while his hamstring is on the mend, but Carolina coach Matt Rhule complicated the backfield picture by giving significant touches to Royce Freeman, a onetime starter in Denver. Phil Thompson, chicagotribune.com, 28 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of mend

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mend

Verb

Middle English, short for amenden — more at amend

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

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“Mend.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mend. Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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mend

verb

English Language Learners Definition of mend

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make (something broken or damaged) usable again : to repair (something broken or damaged)
: to heal or cure (a broken bone, a sad feeling, etc.)

mend

noun

English Language Learners Definition of mend (Entry 2 of 2)

: a place where something (such as a piece of clothing) has been repaired

mend

verb
\ ˈmend How to pronounce mend (audio) \
mended; mending

Kids Definition of mend

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : improve, correct I suggest you mend your ways.
2 : to put into good shape or working order again Can you mend a torn sleeve?
3 : to improve in health : heal Your injury will soon mend.

Other Words from mend

mender noun

mend

noun

Kids Definition of mend (Entry 2 of 2)

: a place where something has been fixed so that it is usable again You can't even see the mend in his pants.
on the mend
: getting better Her broken leg is on the mend.

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Verb

mend, patch, repair mean to take something that has been damaged and make it usable again. mend is used for making something that has been broken or damaged once again whole or fit for use. Fishermen were mending their nets. patch is used for mending a hole or tear by using the same or similar material. Patch the hole with concrete. patch may also be used for a hurried, careless job. Just patch the roof for now. repair is used for a skillful mending of a complicated thing. The mechanic repaired our car.

mend

transitive verb
\ ˈmend How to pronounce mend (audio) \

Medical Definition of mend

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to restore to health : cure time will mend the broken bone

intransitive verb

: to improve in health also : heal

mend

noun

Medical Definition of mend (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act of mending or repair
on the mend
: getting better or improving especially in health

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