- The definition of a mend is a repair in a material.
An area in a sock that has been stitched back together where a hole had formed is an example of a mend.
- To mend is defined as to fix or repair, or to get better or resolve a disagreement.
- When you sew up a hole in a sweater, this is an example of a situation where you mend the sweater.
- When you are sick and your health improves, this is an example of a situation where you mend.
- When you are fighting with someone and you then make up, this is an example of a situation where you mend your relationship.
- to repair (something broken, torn, or worn); restore to good condition; make whole; fix
- to make better; improve; reform; set right: to mend one's manners
- to atone for; make amends for: now only in least said, soonest mended
Origin of mendMiddle English menden, aphetic ; from amenden, amend
- to get better; improve, esp. in health
- to grow together again or heal, as a fracture
- the act of mending; improvement
- a mended place, as on a garment
on the mend
verbmend·ed, mend·ing, mends
- To make repairs or restoration to; fix.
- To reform or correct: mend one's ways.
- a. To improve in health or condition: The patient is mending well.b. To heal: The bone mended in a month.
- To make repairs or corrections.
- The act of mending: did a neat mend on the sock.
- A mended place: You can't tell where the mend is.
Origin of mendMiddle English menden, short for amenden, to amend; see amend.
(third-person singular simple present mends, present participle mending, simple past and past participle mended)
- To repair, as anything that is torn, broken, defaced, decayed, or the like; to restore from partial decay, injury, or defacement; to patch up; to put in shape or order again; to re-create; as, to mend a garment or a machine.
- My trousers have a big rip in them and need mending.
- When your car breaks down, you can take it to the garage to have it mended.
- To alter for the better; to set right; to reform; hence, to quicken; as, to mend one's manners or pace.
- Her stutter was mended by a speech therapist.
- My broken heart was mended.
- To help, to advance, to further; to add to.
- To grow better; to advance to a better state; to become improved.
From Middle English menden, by apheresis for amenden (“to amend"); see amend.