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[wend] /wɛnd/
verb (used with object), wended or (Archaic) went; wending.
to pursue or direct (one's way).
verb (used without object), wended or (Archaic) went; wending.
to proceed or go.
Origin of wend
before 900; Middle English wenden, Old English wendan; cognate with Dutch, German wenden, Gothic wandjan, causative of -windan to wind2


[wend] /wɛnd/
a member of a Slavic people of E Germany; Sorb.
1780-90; < German Wende, Old High German Winida; cognate with Old English Winedas (plural) Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for wend
Historical Examples
  • "I could not call the fellow out," says the judge, as they wend their way into King street.

    An Outcast F. Colburn Adams
  • If that hand is cold in death, then henceforth I wend my ways alone.

    Eric Brighteyes H. Rider Haggard
  • However, he determined to wend his way to the inn and reprove him for his negligence.

    A Coin of Edward VII

    Fergus Hume
  • He therefore shut the valve and began to wend his way back to the ladder.

    Under the Waves R M Ballantyne
  • Even a Chaucer (so it is said) could make nothing of us as we wend our way to Brighton.

    Obiter Dicta Augustine Birrell
  • Now we will wend homeward to allay the anxiety of thy mother.

    In Doublet and Hose Lucy Foster Madison
  • So glad to Norroway back they wend, That the matter be brought to a happy end.

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  • He found the staircase, and began to wend upwards to the bell-chamber.

    Sea-Dogs All!

    Tom Bevan
  • It was only natural then that Kophetua should wend his way to the beggars' quarter.

    Kophetua the Thirteenth Julian Corbett
  • Then they remounted the cart to wend towards the Place de Grve.

    Princes and Poisoners Frantz Funck-Brentano
British Dictionary definitions for wend


to direct (one's course or way); travel: wend one's way home
Word Origin
Old English wendan; related to Old High German wenten, Gothic wandjan; see wind²


(esp in medieval European history) a Sorb; a member of the Slavonic people who inhabited the area between the Rivers Saale and Oder in the early Middle Ages and were conquered by Germanic invaders by the 12th century See also Lusatia
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Word Origin and History for wend

"to proceed on," Old English wendan "to turn, go," from Proto-Germanic *wandijanan (cf. Old Saxon wendian, Old Norse venda, Old Frisian wenda, Dutch wenden, German wenden, Gothic wandjan "to turn"), causative of Old English windan "to turn, twist" (see wind (v.)), from root *wand-, *wend- "turn." Surviving only in to wend one's way, and in hijacked past tense form went.


member of a Slavic people of eastern Germany, 1610s (implied in Wendish), from German Wende, from Old High German Winida, related to Old English Winedas "Wends," ultimately from Celt. *vindo- "white."

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