[ men-ding ]
/ ˈmɛn dɪŋ /


the act of a person or thing that mends.
articles, especially clothes, to be mended: Grandmother always kept her mending in this wicker basket.

Origin of mending

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at mend, -ing1

Definition for mending (2 of 2)

[ mend ]
/ mɛnd /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


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

Origin of mend

1150–1200; Middle English menden, aphetic variant of amend


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.

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British Dictionary definitions for mending (1 of 2)

/ (ˈmɛndɪŋ) /


something to be mended, esp clothes

British Dictionary definitions for mending (2 of 2)

/ (mɛnd) /



Derived forms of mend

mendable, adjectivemender, noun

Word Origin for mend

C12: shortened from amend
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