Origin of mending
- 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 mending
So, he decided to give the church a chance, if not just for the sake of mending his relationship with his mother.Beaten By His Church for Being Gay
December 16, 2014
For years, Schmidt lived in poverty, eating beans and mending his clothes with flour sacks.The Mole Man’s Tunnel to Nowhere
November 28, 2014
London may as well also require that cabbies master the art of saddling a horse and mending a harness.As Europe Now Sees, Resisting Uber Is Futile
June 13, 2014
It is coming together now, mending, he sees it in paragraphs, is almost afraid to sleep for losing the connections.Pete Dexter’s Indelible Portrait of Author Norman Maclean
March 23, 2014
One recent survey showed a clear majority believed that neither party was capable of mending “Broken Britain.”David Cameron’s Holiday Boost
September 2, 2011
Emma finished the sleeve of the blouse she was mending with a flourish.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
My old experience with parchment in the mending of my uncle's books came to my aid.Wilfrid Cumbermede
At her feet there was a pile of nets, and she was mending the broken meshes.A Singer from the Sea
Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
Madame Boche was going to a tailor who was late in mending an overcoat for her husband.
Madame Goujet continued her mending without raising her head.
- something to be mended, esp clothes
- (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 mending
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 mending
In addition to the idioms beginning with mend
- mend one's fences
- mend one's ways
- on the mend