- 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
Related Wordssew, repair, rejuvenate, restore, heal, rectify, revamp, renew, redress, ameliorate, reconstruct, cure, rebuild, right, recuperate, renovate, ready, recover, overhaul, service
Examples from the Web for mends
One of my favorite moments in that film was when Spock mends the warp core and Captain Kirk goes down to see him.Simon Pegg on His First ‘Star Trek’ Memories, Playing Scotty, and More
May 13, 2013
Viewers, however, need not worry, because she mends her ways in the end.New ‘Mirror Mirror’ Movie Dumbs Down Classic Snow White Fairy Tale
April 3, 2012
“He is the son of the cobbler who mends my boots,” she whispered.Olive in Italy
He mends the plumbing, tunes the piano, types—off stage—and plays the saxophone.The Ghost Breaker
There is no use in repining, unless one mends matters by deeds, not words.She and I, Volume 2
John Conroy Hutcheson
For instance, the convent clock won't go, and Galileo mends it for them.Pioneers of Science
He mends our boots, and tells us stories, and he's got a bird named Coppertoes.Explorers of the Dawn
Mazo de la Roche
- (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 mends
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 mends
In addition to the idioms beginning with mend
- mend one's fences
- mend one's ways
- on the mend