[ mend ]
/ mɛnd /
verb (used with object)
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.
verb (used without object)
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.
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- recovering from an illness.
- improving in general, as a state of affairs: The breach between father and son is on the mend.
mend sail, Nautical. to refurl sails that have been badly furled.Also mend the furl.
on the mend,
Origin of mend
1150–1200; Middle English menden, aphetic variant of amend
SYNONYMS FOR mend
1 fix, restore, retouch. Mend, darn, patch mean to repair something and thus renew its usefulness. Mend is a general expression that emphasizes the idea of making whole something damaged: to mend a broken dish, a tear in an apron. Darn and patch are more specific, referring particularly to repairing holes or tears. To darn is to repair by means of stitches interwoven with one another: to darn stockings. To patch is to cover a hole or tear, usually with a piece or pieces of similar material and to secure the edges of these; it implies a more temporary or makeshift repair than the others: to patch the knees of trousers, a rubber tire.
2 rectify, amend, emend.
3 ameliorate, meliorate.
4 heal, recover, amend.
mend·a·ble, adjectivere·mend, verbun·mend·a·ble, adjectiveun·mend·ed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for mendable
Thirdly, to mend themselves, and the existing state of things, as far as either are marred or mendable.Modern Painters Vol. III.|John Ruskin
British Dictionary definitions for mendable
/ (mɛnd) /
(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
Derived Formsmendable, adjectivemender, noun
Word Origin for mend
C12: shortened from amend
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Idioms and Phrases with mendable
In addition to the idioms beginning with mend
- mend one's fences
- mend one's ways
- on the mend
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