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



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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mend (third-person singular simple present mends, present participle mending, simple past and past participle mended)

  1. 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.
    When your car breaks down, you can take it to the garage to have it mended.
  2. 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.
    • Sir W. Temple
      The best service they could do the state was to mend the lives of the persons who composed it.
  3. To help, to advance, to further; to add to.
    • Mortimer
      Though in some lands the grass is but short, yet it mends garden herbs and fruit.
    • Shakespeare
      You mend the jewel by wearing it.
  4. To grow better; to advance to a better state; to become improved.

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