- 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
Examples from the Web for unmended
No thought of brushing their worn-out, unmended boots ever entered their minds.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
He had no doubt that it was clean, but he knew it would be unmended.Yonder
Emily Hilda Young
A basket of unmended stockings balances the cradle on Mrs. Evans's other side, and an open Peerage lies upon her lap.Doctor Cupid
Soiled frills or unmended hose must have originated this vulgarity!The American Gentleman's Guide to Politeness and Fashion
In the country the old Roman roads were unmended, unkept; Europe was slipping backwards into uttermost barbarism.The Freethinker's Text Book, Part II.
- (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 unmended
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 unmended
In addition to the idioms beginning with mend
- mend one's fences
- mend one's ways
- on the mend