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
Antonyms for mend
Examples from the Web for mended
Troubled relationships can actually be mended during this time.
But look for any breach between the GOP establishment powerhouse and the Tea Party-backed Paul to be mended very quickly.
Women like to think such things can be mended, but they can't—they can't, indeed.Marriage la mode|Mrs. Humphry Ward
Suddenly, the string of his cross-bow 054snapped, and he entered the hut of the nearest forester to have it mended.Agnes Strickland's Queens of England, Vol. I. (of III)|Rosalie Kaufman
With the ravelings of a linen handkerchief, aided by the magic buckle-tongue, I mended my clothing.Thirty-Seven Days of Peril|Truman Everts
It is a fault in you I would were mended; and our relationship makes me thus free to speak my mind.Olla Podrida|Frederick Marryat
The road's in a dreadful state, but you must come over and stay with me as soon as the bridges are mended.The White Blackbird|Hudson Douglas
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