[ wend ]
/ wɛnd /

verb (used with object), wend·ed or (Archaic) went; wend·ing.

to pursue or direct (one's way).

verb (used without object), wend·ed or (Archaic) went; wend·ing.

to proceed or go.

Nearby words

  1. wenceslaus,
  2. wenceslaus, saint,
  3. wench,
  4. wenchow,
  5. wenckebach period,
  6. wend one's way,
  7. wendell,
  8. wendigo,
  9. wendish,
  10. wends

Origin of wend

before 900; Middle English wenden, Old English wendan; cognate with Dutch, German wenden, Gothic wandjan, causative of -windan to wind2

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British Dictionary definitions for wended


/ (wɛnd) /


to direct (one's course or way); travelwend one's way home

Word Origin for wend

Old English wendan; related to Old High German wenten, Gothic wandjan; see wind ²


/ (wɛnd) /


(esp in medieval European history) a Sorb; a member of the Slavonic people who inhabited the area between the Rivers Saale and Oder in the early Middle Ages and were conquered by Germanic invaders by the 12th centurySee also Lusatia
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