mend

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verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

noun

the act of mending; repair or improvement.
a mended place.

Nearby words

  1. menchú,
  2. menchú, rigoberta,
  3. mencius,
  4. mencken,
  5. mencken, h. l.,
  6. mend one's fences,
  7. mend one's ways,
  8. mendable,
  9. mendacious,
  10. mendaciously

Idioms

    mend sail, Nautical. to refurl sails that have been badly furled.Also mend the furl.
    on the mend,
    1. recovering from an illness.
    2. improving in general, as a state of affairs: The breach between father and son is 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.

Related forms
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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.



British Dictionary definitions for mendable

mend

verb

(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)

noun

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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Word Origin and History for mendable
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Idioms and Phrases with mendable

mend

In addition to the idioms beginning with mend

  • mend one's fences
  • mend one's ways

also see:

  • on the mend
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