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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
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  • And ablutions done, the Kurus slow and sad and cheerless part, wend their way to far Hastina with a void and vacant heart.

    Maha-bharata Anonymous
  • However, he determined to wend his way to the inn and reprove him for his negligence.

    A Coin of Edward VII Fergus Hume
  • And in doubt and wretchedness did she wend her way to school on the Fourteenth Day of February.

    Emmy Lou George Madden Martin
  • He therefore shut the valve and began to wend his way back to the ladder.

    Under the Waves R M Ballantyne
  • And in doubt and wretchedness did she wend her way to school on the Fourteenth day of February.

  • "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
  • Even a Chaucer (so it is said) could make nothing of us as we wend our way to Brighton.

    Obiter Dicta Augustine Birrell
  • Matters, therefore, proceeded but slowly; and they were unable to wend their way out of the heath before darkness came on.

  • Now we will wend homeward to allay the anxiety of thy mother.

    In Doublet and Hose Lucy Foster Madison
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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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