Definition of mend in English:

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Pronunciation: /mend/


[with object]
1Repair (something that is broken or damaged): workmen were mending faulty cabling a patch was used to mend the garment
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  • The faulty shearing machines are repaired, the broken cobbles are mended and the new by-pass built.
  • The crucially important thing now is that whatever fences were damaged or knocked are mended and rebuilt, and that we get on with the forthcoming challenges with a united front.
  • It was not easy to find people to mend your shoes, repair your broken zipper or anything else that might be of minor importance but that is necessary for daily life.
repair, fix, put back together, piece together, restore;
sew (up), stitch, darn, patch, cobble;
rehabilitate, renew, renovate
informal patch up
1.1 [no object] Return to health; heal: foot injuries can take months to mend
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  • I felt much better than I had earlier that day, my bones mending and bruises healing.
  • A technique called pulse magnetic therapy is used to heal broken bones that won't mend under plaster, and it has also been shown to help with arthritis.
  • Fractured vertebrae do heal, but they become compressed, and may mend in a wedge shape.
1.2Improve (an unpleasant situation, especially a disagreement): quarrels could be mended by talking
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  • Drastic decisions should essentially be avoided unless you have done everything you sincerely feel you should have in order to mend the adverse situation.
  • To mend the situation Dr. Morrow suggests that each partner demonstrate how important the relationship is by making changes in behavior such as putting each other first and the family second.
  • She was in inescapable misery and I knew what that was like; not for the same reasons, but to be in a situation that would never mend itself, no matter what you did or how hard you tried to think a way out of it.
put/set right, set straight, straighten out, sort out, rectify, remedy, cure, right, resolve, square, settle, put to rights, correct, retrieve, improve, make better


A repair in a material: the mends were so perfect you could not even tell the board had been damaged
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  • A devout cowboy lost his favourite Bible while he was mending fences out on the range.
  • Subsequently, the mend in the fabric had parted and the rent now revealed a knee with well-preserved skin covering some musculature.
  • There is a mend in the seam section on the bias and the seam running underneath the bust needs some stitch re-enforcement.



mend (one's) fences

Make peace with a person: is it too late to mend fences with your ex-wife?
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  • First he has mended his fences with Miss Maisey and they are now living together as a family.
  • Now he is back, mending fences and building a power base.
  • By working together to preserve their common ecological heritage, there's hope the countries can also mend fences over their political and cultural differences.

mend one's ways

Improve one’s habits or behavior.
Example sentences
  • The rest need to try that bit harder to keep their properties and the area around them in good order in the hope of shaming the scruffy minority into mending their ways.
  • Consumers in those countries can point to good repayment records after a default to show they have mended their ways.
  • He is humble, certainly, but has he mended his ways?

on the mend

Improving in health or condition; recovering: on the mend after a stomach operation the economy is on the mend
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  • I sincerely hope that her health is finally on the mend.
  • Your health will be on the mend; those who are still ill will be well-looked after.
  • The ability of companies to raise prices will stoke earnings, a signal that the economy is on the mend, and stocks could climb higher.



Example sentences
  • Occasionally a couple of gentlemen have appealed for old, obsolete or broken but mendable woodworking tools.
  • In recent years, materials scientists have been trying to emulate this capability by developing synthetic self-healing or easily mendable materials for products ranging from aerospace parts to athletic gear.
  • A pit in the Panayia field, west of the long sixth-century building, yielded a large quantity of mendable pottery including a wide variety of amphoras.


Pronunciation: /ˈmendər/
Example sentences
  • Writers, actors, radio presenters, road menders… and we all convened at his at half seven - just in time to head off again in the cars and get lost between there and a restaurant a mile away.
  • The quote was based on photographs taken of the cloak, as Steinhauser would not allow Graham to take the cloak to the menders, based in London.
  • A skilful patient mender will repair the cloth so that you simply cannot see where the hole was.


Middle English: shortening of amend.

  • Even though it is found slightly earlier, mend is thought to be a shortening of amend, which along with emend are recorded within a few years of each other. They all go back to Latin emendare ‘to free from faults, correct’.

Words that rhyme with mend

amend, append, apprehend, ascend, attend, befriend, bend, blend, blende, commend, comprehend, condescend, contend, defriend, depend, emend, end, expend, extend, fend, forfend, friend, impend, interdepend, lend, misapprehend, misspend, offend, on-trend, Oostende, Ostend, perpend, portend, rend, reprehend, scrag-end, send, spend, subtend, suspend, tail end, tend, transcend, trend, underspend, unfriend, upend, vend, weekend, wend

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