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[mend] /mɛnd/
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.
mend sail, Nautical. to refurl sails that have been badly furled.
Also, mend the furl.
on the mend,
  1. recovering from an illness.
  2. improving in general, as a state of affairs:
    The breach between father and son is on the mend.
Origin of mend
1150-1200; Middle English menden, aphetic variant of amend
Related forms
mendable, adjective
remend, verb
unmendable, adjective
unmended, adjective
well-mended, adjective
1. fix, restore, retouch. 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 rents. To darn is to repair by means of stitches interwoven with one another: to darn stockings. To patch is to cover a hole or rent (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. 2. rectify, amend, emend. 3. ameliorate, meliorate. 4. heal, recover, amend.
1. ruin, destroy, 4. die, sicken. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for mend


(transitive) to repair (something broken or unserviceable)
to improve or undergo improvement; reform (often in the phrase mend one's ways)
(intransitive) to heal or recover
(intransitive) (of conditions) to improve; become better
(transitive) (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
mendable, adjective
mender, noun
Word Origin
C12: shortened from amend
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Word Origin and History 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.

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