verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- recovering from an illness.
- improving in general, as a state of affairs: The breach between father and son is on the mend.
Origin of mend
SYNONYMS FOR mend
Examples from the Web for mend
There, he first picked up needle and thread to mend the shirt of an SS guard who had just beaten him.From Auschwitz to the White House: One Tailor’s American Tale|Martin Greenfield|December 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The other is still on the mend, but was doing well the last Patterson heard.
As is often the case when the letter and the spirit of the law begin to fray, legal creativity gets called upon to mend them.Catholic University’s Harvey Milk Ban Reflects A Church In Transition|Jay Michaelson|October 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Americans seem to be on the mend in Atlanta, but the priest died on Tuesday.
The two stricken Americans were flown to Atlanta, and Brantly in particular seemed to be on the mend.Why the White Americans Got the ‘Secret’ Ebola Serum|Michael Daly|August 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The ice was too thin to bear and too thick to set the kayaks through, even if we should mend them.Farthest North|Fridtjof Nansen
In half an hour we came upon a group of ragged poor creatures who had assembled to mend the thing which was regarded as a road.A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Complete|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
The broken glass was swept away; as for sending for glaziers to mend the windows, it was out of the question.
Don't you know how bad most glue is when you try to mend anything?Alice Adams|Booth Tarkington
In summer I am abroad soon after three, and mend that if thou canst, Dick.The Lancashire Witches|William Harrison Ainsworth
British Dictionary definitions for mend
Derived Formsmendable, adjectivemender, noun
Word Origin for mend
Idioms and Phrases with mend
In addition to the idioms beginning with mend
- mend one's fences
- mend one's ways
- on the mend