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mend

[mend]
verb (used with object)
1.
to make (something broken, worn, torn, or otherwise damaged) whole, sound, or usable by repairing: to mend old clothes; to mend a broken toy.
2.
to remove or correct defects or errors in.
3.
to set right; make better; improve: to mend matters.
verb (used without object)
4.
to progress toward recovery, as a sick person.
5.
(of broken bones) to grow back together; knit.
6.
to improve, as conditions or affairs.
noun
7.
the act of mending; repair or improvement.
8.
a mended place.
Idioms
9.
mend sail, Nautical. to refurl sails that have been badly furled. Also, mend the furl.
10.
on the mend,
a.
recovering from an illness.
b.
improving in general, as a state of affairs: The breach between father and son is on the mend.

Origin:
1150–1200; Middle English menden, aphetic variant of amend

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.
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mend (mɛnd)
 
vb
1.  (tr) to repair (something broken or unserviceable)
2.  to improve or undergo improvement; reform (often in the phrase mend one's ways)
3.  (intr) to heal or recover
4.  (intr) (of conditions) to improve; become better
5.  (Northern English) (tr) to feed or stir (a fire)
 
n
6.  the act of repairing
7.  a mended area, esp on a garment
8.  on the mend becoming better, esp in health
 
[C12: shortened from amend]
 
'mendable
 
adj
 
'mender
 
n

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mend
c.1200, "to free from sin or fault, improve morally," from an aphetic form of O.Fr. amender (see amend). Meaning "to fix something torn or broken" is from mid-14c.; that of "to regain health" is from c.1500. Related: Mended; mending.
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