- to make (something broken, worn, torn, or otherwise damaged) whole, sound, or usable by repairing: to mend old clothes; to mend a broken toy.
- to remove or correct defects or errors in.
- to set right; make better; improve: to mend matters.
- to progress toward recovery, as a sick person.
- (of broken bones) to grow back together; knit.
- to improve, as conditions or affairs.
- the act of mending; repair or improvement.
- a mended place.
- mend sail, Nautical. to refurl sails that have been badly furled.Also mend the furl.
- on the mend,
- 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
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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
December 5, 2014
The other is still on the mend, but was doing well the last Patterson heard.He Faces Jail for Rescuing Baby Eagles
November 2, 2014
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
October 3, 2014
The Americans seem to be on the mend in Atlanta, but the priest died on Tuesday.How Bureaucrats Let Ebola Spread to Nigeria
August 14, 2014
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
August 8, 2014
Thus came everything in to help the youth who had begun to mend his ways.Weighed and Wanting
"The more reason that I should strive to mend him," quoth Alleyne.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Siegfried is his name, and only he who knows no fear can mend the sword.
I will mend the sword and Siegfried shall use it to slay the dragon.
"Yes, that was it," Roland put in hastily, seeing his chance to mend matters.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
- (tr) to repair (something broken or unserviceable)
- to improve or undergo improvement; reform (often in the phrase mend one's ways)
- (intr) to heal or recover
- (intr) (of conditions) to improve; become better
- (tr) Northern English to feed or stir (a fire)
- the act of repairing
- a mended area, esp on a garment
- on the mend becoming better, esp in health
Word Origin and History for mend
c.1200, "to repair," from a shortened form of Old French amender (see amend). Meaning "to put right, atone for, amend (one's life), repent" is from c.1300; that of "to regain health" is from early 15c. Related: Mended; mending.
early 14c., "recompense, reparation," from mend (v.). Meaning "act of mending; a repaired hole or rip in fabric" is from 1888. Phrase on the mend attested from 1802.
Idioms and Phrases with mend
In addition to the idioms beginning with mend
- mend one's fences
- mend one's ways
- on the mend