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
Examples from the Web for unmended
Historical Examples of 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.
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.
In addition to the idioms beginning with mend
- mend one's fences
- mend one's ways
- on the mend