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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 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for wended
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  • The crowd broke up and wended their way towards their various homes.

    The Day of Judgment Joseph Hocking
  • "What an odd man," thought Frank, as he wended towards his home.

    The Silver Lining John Roussel
  • He was very pressing in his invitation, so one day we wended our steps thither at eleven o'clock.

  • Myra Ingleby rose and wended her way slowly towards the house.

    The Mistress of Shenstone Florence L. Barclay
  • And as I wended my way along I could hear him softly whistling to himself the refrain of an old song.

    How I Filmed the War Lieut. Geoffrey H. Malins
  • He started immediately for St. Louis, and wended his way to the lawyer's office.

    Tom, The Bootblack Horatio Alger
  • And they wended their silent way, up the winding staircase of the turret.

  • Many others besides these two wended their way to the meeting-house that day.

    The Fugitives R.M. Ballantyne
  • As they wended their way homeward in the midnight the little stars winked and glittered radiantly upon these big men of the North.

    Connie Morgan in Alaska James B. Hendryx
  • As I wended along this, I saw a man upon a donkey, riding towards me.

    The Romany Rye George Borrow
British Dictionary definitions for wended


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 wended


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."



"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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