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
Related Words for on the mendimproving, well, mending, convalescent, fitter, progressing, better, improved, ambulatory, healing, strengthening, rallying, healthier, stronger, discharged, released, rejuvenated
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.
on the mend
Recovering one's health, as in I heard you had the flu, but I'm glad to see you're on the mend. This idiom uses mend in the sense of “repair.” [c. 1800]
In addition to the idioms beginning with mend
- mend one's fences
- mend one's ways
- on the mend