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wend

[wend] /wɛnd/
verb (used with object), wended or (Archaic) went; wending.
1.
to pursue or direct (one's way).
verb (used without object), wended or (Archaic) went; wending.
2.
to proceed or go.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English wenden, Old English wendan; cognate with Dutch, German wenden, Gothic wandjan, causative of -windan to wind2

Wend

[wend] /wɛnd/
noun
1.
a member of a Slavic people of E Germany; Sorb.
Origin
1780-90; < German Wende, Old High German Winida; cognate with Old English Winedas (plural)
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British Dictionary definitions for wends

wend

/wɛnd/
verb
1.
to direct (one's course or way); travel: wend one's way home
Word Origin
Old English wendan; related to Old High German wenten, Gothic wandjan; see wind²

Wend

/wɛnd/
noun
1.
(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 century See also Lusatia
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Word Origin and History for wends

Wend

member of a Slavic people of eastern Germany, 1610s (implied in Wendish), from German Wende, from Old High German Winida, related to Old English Winedas "Wends," ultimately from Celt. *vindo- "white."

wend

v.

"to proceed on," Old English wendan "to turn, go," from Proto-Germanic *wandijanan (cf. Old Saxon wendian, Old Norse venda, Old Frisian wenda, Dutch wenden, German wenden, Gothic wandjan "to turn"), causative of Old English windan "to turn, twist" (see wind (v.)), from root *wand-, *wend- "turn." Surviving only in to wend one's way, and in hijacked past tense form went.

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