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


[wend] /wɛnd/
a member of a Slavic people of E Germany; Sorb.
1780-90; < German Wende, Old High German Winida; cognate with Old English Winedas (plural) Unabridged
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Examples from the web for wend
  • Stroll along the boardwalk, wend your way through the curling pathways, and behold the best view of the city.
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  • Walk along stone walkways that wend through the property to get to your room.
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  • They leave it standing in the field till the last waggon is about to wend homewards.
  • Let the snow pile up on the sidewalk while you wend your way through thick drifts of needless words.
  • Boxes of chicken in hand, customers wend their way through the lines of people back to the door and out onto the sidewalk.
  • There are few marked crosswalks and sidewalks, and pedestrians often wend their way through traffic in urban areas.
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British Dictionary definitions for wend


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


(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 wend

"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.


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."

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