- 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 mended
Troubled relationships can actually be mended during this time.Astrologers Predict Holiday Hell
November 21, 2010
But look for any breach between the GOP establishment powerhouse and the Tea Party-backed Paul to be mended very quickly.Will the Insurgents Sell Out?
Samuel P. Jacobs
May 19, 2010
The sleeves of her jacket had been torn, and were mended with a material of another colour.The Dream
The fore-topsail had been mended as well as the foresail, and was set anew.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
Because, now it's mended, that gives us something to talk about.The Incomplete Amorist
The broken strings of the violins were immediately found to be mended.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
The others make me smile with their mended legs and their vanished sores.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
- (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 mended
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 mended
In addition to the idioms beginning with mend
- mend one's fences
- mend one's ways
- on the mend