WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
mend /mɛnd/USA pronunciation
v. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- to make (something damaged) better by repairing:[~ + object]to mend torn clothes.
- to set right;
improve:[~ + object]See if you can mend matters between them.
- to (cause to) progress toward recovery: [no object]His broken arm is mending.[~ + object]The treatment mended his broken arm.
- the act of mending.
- a mended place or part.
mend•er, n. [countable]
- Idiomsmend one's fences, to strengthen or establish again one's position by negotiation, discussing, or explaining:mended his fences with his wife's family.
- mend one's ways, to improve one's way of behaving:As he grew older he mended his ways and became a useful citizen.
- on the mend, improving, esp. in health:The patient was on the mend.
(mend),USA pronunciation v.t.
- to make (something broken, worn, torn, or otherwise damaged) whole, sound, or usable by repairing:to mend old clothes; to mend a broken toy.
- to remove or correct defects or errors in.
- to set right;
improve:to mend matters.
- to progress toward recovery, as a sick person.
- (of broken bones) to grow back together;
- to improve, as conditions or affairs.
- Nauticalmend sail, to refurl sails that have been badly furled. Also, mend the furl.
- the act of mending;
repair or improvement.
- a mended place.
- on the mend:
- Idiomsrecovering from an illness.
- Idiomsimproving in general, as a state of affairs:The breach between father and son is on the mend.
- Middle English menden, aphetic variant of amend 1150–1200
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged fix, restore, retouch. Mend, darn, patch mean to repair something and thus renew its usefulness. Mend is a general expression that emphasizes the idea of making whole something damaged:to mend a broken dish, a tear in an apron.Darn and patch are more specific, referring particularly to repairing holes or rents. To darn is to repair by means of stitches interwoven with one another:to darn stockings.To patch is to cover a hole or rent (usually) with a piece or pieces of similar material and to secure the edges of these;
it implies a more temporary or makeshift repair than the others:to patch the knees of trousers, a rubber tire.
- 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged rectify, amend, emend.
- 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged ameliorate, meliorate.
- 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged heal, recover, amend.
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged ruin, destroy,
- 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged die, sicken.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
mend /mɛnd/ vb
- (transitive) to repair (something broken or unserviceable)
- to improve or undergo improvement; reform (often in the phrase mend one's ways)
- (intransitive) to heal or recover
- (intransitive) (of conditions) to improve; become better
Etymology: 12th Century: shortened from amendˈmendable adj ˈmender n
- the act of repairing
- a mended area, esp on a garment
- on the mend ⇒ becoming better, esp in health
'mend' also found in these entries (note: many are not synonyms or translations):