verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- menchú, rigoberta,
- mencken, h. l.,
- mend one's fences,
- mend one's ways,
- 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
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
Word Origin 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.
In addition to the idioms beginning with mend
- mend one's fences
- mend one's ways
- on the mend