mend
I. verb Etymology: Middle English, short for amenden — more at amend Date: 13th century transitive verb 1. to free from faults or defects: as a. to improve in manners or morals ; reform b. to set right ; correct c. to put into good shape or working order again ; patch up ; repair d. to improve or strengthen (as a relationship) by negotiation or conciliation — used chiefly in the phrase mend fences <
spends the weekend mending political fences — E. O. Hauser
>
e. to restore to health ; cure 2. to make amends or atonement for <
least said, soonest mended
>
intransitive verb 1. to improve morally ; reform 2. to become corrected or improved 3. to improve in health; also healmendable adjectivemender noun Synonyms: mend, repair, patch, rebuild mean to put into good order something that has been injured, damaged, or defective. mend implies making whole or sound something broken, torn, or injured <
mended the torn dress
>
. repair applies to the fixing of more extensive damage or dilapidation <
repaired the back steps
>
. patch implies an often temporary fixing of a hole or break with new material <
patch worn jeans
>
. rebuild suggests making like new without completely replacing <
a rebuilt automobile engine
>
. II. noun Date: 14th century 1. an act of mending ; repair 2. a mended place

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  • mend — [mend] noun on the mend improving again after being weak: • The economy is now on the mend. * * * Ⅰ. mend UK US /mend/ verb [T] ► UK to repair something that is broken or not working: »They re sending someone round to mend the photocopier …   Financial and business terms

  • mend — vb Mend, repair, patch, rebuild are comparable when they mean to put into good or fitting order something that is injured, damaged, or defective. Mend basically implies a freeing from faults or defects {mend your manners} {the wound mended… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • mend — [mend] vt. [ME menden, aphetic < amenden,AMEND] 1. to repair (something broken, torn, or worn); restore to good condition; make whole; fix 2. to make better; improve; reform; set right [to mend one s manners] 3. to atone for; make amends for:… …   English World dictionary

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mend — ► VERB 1) restore to the correct or working condition. 2) improve. ► NOUN ▪ a repair in a material. ● mend (one s) fences Cf. ↑mend one s fences ● on the mend …   English terms dictionary

  • mend — [mend] verb [T] British I to repair something that is broken or damaged Have you mended the gate?[/ex] II noun mend [mend] be on the mend to be getting better after an illness[/ex] …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • Mend — Mend, v. i. To grow better; to advance to a better state; to become improved; to recover; to heal. Shak. [1913 Webster +PJC] {on the mend} pred. a. recovering from an illness or injury. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • mend — index ameliorate, amend, cure, develop, emend, fix (repair), meliorate, progress …   Law dictionary

  • mend — n. reform; repair; act of repairing; state of healing or improvement v. repair; improve; be improved; recuperate (from an illness) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • mend — [v] correct, improve, fix aid, ameliorate, amend, better, condition, convalesce, cure, darn, doctor, emend, fiddle with, gain, get better, get well, heal, knit, look up, overhaul, patch, perk up, ready, rebuild, recondition, reconstruct, recover …   New thesaurus

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