[ mend ]
/ mɛnd /
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verb (used with object)
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.
verb (used without object)
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.
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Idioms about mend
- recovering from an illness.
- improving in general, as a state of affairs: The breach between father and son is on the mend.
mend sail, Nautical. to refurl sails that have been badly furled.Also mend the furl .
on the mend,
Origin of mend
1150–1200; Middle English menden, aphetic variant of amend
synonym study for mend
1. 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.
OTHER WORDS FROM mend
mend·a·ble, adjectivere·mend, verbun·mend·a·ble, adjectiveun·mend·ed, adjective
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How to use mend in a sentence
Therefore there was enmity at Peckham, and the stockings of those infants lay unmended in the basket.Orley Farm|Anthony Trollope
And in spite of all their efforts they saw that even then a few leaks would have to go unmended.The Tale of Timothy Turtle|Arthur Scott Bailey
The German child learns that it must never wear a soiled or an unmended garment or have untidy hair.Home Life in Germany|Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick
Many more houses had been smashed, and unmended shell holes were seen in the roads.On the Fringe of the Great Fight|George G. Nasmith
Houses, churches, aqueducts went to ruin; roads were left unmended, rivers undiked.A Short History of Italy|Henry Dwight Sedgwick
British Dictionary definitions for mend
/ (mɛnd) /
(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
Derived forms of mendmendable, adjectivemender, noun
Word Origin for mend
C12: shortened from amend
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Other Idioms and Phrases with mend
In addition to the idioms beginning with mend
- mend one's fences
- mend one's ways
- on the mend
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