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mend definition

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This page has 7 definitions of mend in English and Polish. Mend is a noun and verb. Examples of how to use mend in a sentence are shown. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

See also: mënd

English mend definition

Etymology

From Middle English menden, by apheresis for amenden (to amend); see amend.

Pronunciation

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. (transitive) To repair, as anything that is torn, broken, defaced, decayed, or the like; to restore from partial decay, injury, or defacement.
    My trousers have a big rip in them and need mending.
  2. (transitive) 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.
    • 1685, William Temple, Of Gardens
      [they] therefore thought all the Service they could do to the State they live under , was to mend the Lives and Manners of particular Men that composed it
  3. (transitive) To help, to advance, to further; to add to.
    • 1707, J[ohn] Mortimer, The Whole Art of Husbandry; or, The Way of Managing and Improving of Land. [], 2nd edition, London: [] J[ohn] H[umphreys] for H[enry] Mortlock [], and J[onathan] Robinson [], published 1708, OCLC 13320837:
      Though in some lands the grass is but short, yet it [] mends garden herbs and fruit.
    • c. 1605–1608, William Shakespeare, “The Life of Tymon of Athens”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act I, scene i]:
      You mend the jewel by the wearing it.
    • 1863, Sheridan Le Fanu, The House by the Churchyard:
      But my lord was angry, and being disguised with liquor too, he would not let him go till they played more; and play they did, and the luck still went the same way; and my lord grew fierce over it, and cursed and drank, and that did not mend his luck you may be sure []
  4. (intransitive) To grow better; to advance to a better state; to become improved.

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Polish mend definition

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Noun

mend

  1. genitive plural of menda