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Webster 1913 Edition


Mend

Mend

(mĕnd)
,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Mended
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Mending
.]
[Abbrev. fr.
amend
. See
Amend
.]
1.
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
.
2.
To alter for the better; to set right; to reform; hence, to quicken;
as, to
mend
one’s manners or pace
.
The best service they could do the state was to
mend
the lives of the persons who composed it.
Sir W. Temple.
3.
To help, to advance, to further; to add to.
Though in some lands the grass is but short, yet it
mends
garden herbs and fruit.
Mortimer.
You
mend
the jewel by the wearing it.
Shakespeare
Syn. – To improve; help; better; emend; amend; correct; rectify; reform.

Webster 1828 Edition


Mend

MEND

,
Verb.
T.
[L. emendo, menda, a fault, spot or blemish.]
1.
To repair, as a breach; to supply a part broken or defective; as, to mend a garment, a road, a mill-dam, a fence, &c.
2.
To correct; to set right; to alter for the better; as, to mend the life or manners.
3.
To repair; to restore to a sound state; as, to mend a feeble or broken constitution.
4.
To help; to advance; to make better.
This plausible apology does not mend the matter.
Though in some lands the grass is but short, yet it mends garden herbs and fruit.
5.
To improve; to hasten.
He saw the monster mend his pace.

Definition 2022


mend

mend

See also: mënd

English

Noun

mend (plural mends)

  1. A place, as in clothing, which has been repaired by mending.
  2. The act of repairing.
    My trousers have a big rip in them and need a mend.

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Verb

mend (third-person singular simple present mends, present participle mending, simple past and past participle mended)

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
    • Sir W. Temple
      The best service they could do the state was to mend the lives of the persons who composed it.
  3. To help, to advance, to further; to add to.
    • Mortimer
      Though in some lands the grass is but short, yet it mends garden herbs and fruit.
    • Shakespeare
      You mend the jewel by wearing it.
  4. To grow better; to advance to a better state; to become improved.

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  • See also Wikisaurus:repair

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