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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 Unabridged
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  • See how the crowd are wending their way hither to the temple.

    The Buddha Paul Carus
  • On the Sabbath after their wending he preached from the text, "Send men to Joppa."

    Scotch Wit and Humor

    W. H. (Walter Henry) Howe
  • Even as Dick had said, the hotel—whither all this time they had been wending—was crowded.

    Harley Greenoak's Charge Bertram Mitford
  • For after the banners well we knew Were the Freemen wending two and two.

    Poems by the Way William Morris
  • wending their way over the plains, they finally spied the herd.

  • It is a blessed assistance in wending one's way through life.

  • All Rome, in consequence, seemed to be wending p. 182towards the Porta Pia.

    Rome in 1860 Edward Dicey
  • The time is sunset; a man and two horses are wending their way home.

    Watts (1817-1904)

    William Loftus Hare
British Dictionary definitions for wending


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 wending


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."



"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.

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