Mending
Mend Mend (m[e^]nd), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Mended}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Mending}.] [Abbrev. fr. amend. See {Amend}.] [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]

2. To alter for the better; to set right; to reform; hence, to quicken; as, to mend one's manners or pace. [1913 Webster]

The best service they could do the state was to mend the lives of the persons who composed it. --Sir W. Temple. [1913 Webster]

3. To help, to advance, to further; to add to. [1913 Webster]

Though in some lands the grass is but short, yet it mends garden herbs and fruit. --Mortimer. [1913 Webster]

You mend the jewel by the wearing it. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To improve; help; better; emend; amend; correct; rectify; reform. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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