Origin of wendMiddle English wenden ; from Old English wendan, to turn, akin to Dutch and amp; German wenden, causative formation ; from base of wind
Origin of WendGerman wende, akin to Old English Winedas, the Wends: see Venetic
verbwend·ed, wend·ing, wends
Origin of wendMiddle English wenden, from Old English wendan.
- Any of a group of Slavic peoples formerly inhabiting much of what is now eastern Germany and western Poland, especially the present-day Sorbs.
- Any of various other non-Germanic peoples living in central Europe during late antiquity and the Middle Ages.
Origin of WendGerman Wende, from Middle High German Winde, Wende, from Old High German Winid; see wen-1 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present wends, present participle wending, simple past and past participle wended or archaic went)
The modern past tense of wend is wended. Originally it was went, similarly to pairs such as send/sent, spend/spent, lend/lent, rend/rent, or blend/blent. However, went was long ago coöpted as the past tense of go (replacing Old English eode) and using it as the past tense of wend is now considered archaic.
From Middle English wenden, from Old English wendan (“to turn, direct, wend one’s way, go, return, change, alter, vary, restore, happen, convert, translate”), from Proto-Germanic *wandijaną (“to turn”), causative of Proto-Germanic *windaną (“to wind”), from Proto-Indo-European *wendʰ- (“to turn, wind, braid”). Cognate with Dutch wenden (“to turn”), German wenden (“to turn, reverse”), Danish vende (“to turn”), Swedish vända (“to turn, turn over, veer, direct”), Icelandic venda (“to wend, turn, change”), Gothic (wandjan, “to cause to turn”). Related to wind.