Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Mend \Mend\, v. i.
To grow better; to advance to a better state; to become
improved; to recover; to heal.
on the mend pred. a. recovering from an illness or injury.
Mend \Mend\ (m[e^]nd), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Mended; p. pr. & vb. n. Mending.] [Abbrev. fr. amend. See Amend.]
To repair, as anything that is torn, broken, defaced, decayed, or the like; to restore from partial decay, injury, or defacement; to patch up; to put in shape or order again; to re-create; as, to mend a garment or a machine.
To alter for the better; to set right; to reform; hence, to quicken; as, to mend one's manners or pace.
The best service they could do the state was to mend the lives of the persons who composed it.
--Sir W. Temple.
To help, to advance, to further; to add to.
Though in some lands the grass is but short, yet it mends garden herbs and fruit.
You mend the jewel by the wearing it.
Syn: To improve; help; better; emend; amend; correct; rectify; reform.
Mend or MEND may refer to:
- Mend (album), a 2006 music album by the Scottish band De Rosa
- Muslim Engagement and Development, a UK Muslim community funded NGO dedicated to tackling Islamophobia.
- Mend, Iran, a village in Gonabad County, Razavi Khorasan Province, Iran
- Middle East Nonviolence and Democracy, a Palestinensian NGO
- Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, a Nigerian militant group
- 2-Succinyl-5-enolpyruvyl-6-hydroxy-3-cyclohexene-1-carboxylic-acid synthase, an enzyme
- Meet Each Need with Dignity
Mend is the critically acclaimed debut album by the Scottish band De Rosa. Released in June 2006, it was voted 16th in Mojo’s top 50 albums of 2006. It was recorded by Scottish producer Andy Miller.
n. 1 A place, as in clothing, which has been repaired by mending. 2 The act of repairing. vb. 1 To repair, as anything that is torn, broken, defaced, decayed, or the like; to restore from partial decay, injury, or defacement; to patch up; to put in shape or order again; to re-create; as, to mend a garment or a machine. 2 To alter for the better; to set right; to reform; hence, to quicken; as, to mend one's manners or pace. 3 To help, to advance, to further; to add to. 4 To grow better; to advance to a better state; to become improved.
v. restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken; "She repaired her TV set"; "Repair my shoes please" [syn: repair, fix, bushel, doctor, furbish up, restore, touch on] [ant: break]
heal or recover; "My broken leg is mending" [syn: heal]
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
c.1200, "to repair," from a shortened form of Old French amender (see amend). Meaning "to put right, atone for, amend (one's life), repent" is from c.1300; that of "to regain health" is from early 15c. Related: Mended; mending.
early 14c., "recompense, reparation," from mend (v.). Meaning "act of mending; a repaired hole or rip in fabric" is from 1888. Phrase on the mend attested from 1802.
Usage examples of "mend".
Kari was doing her end-of-the-week mending by the kitchen window when Alec wandered in with his bow.
In the late hours of the following morning, Christina was mending the hem on one of her skirts when Amine came into the tent very slowly.
I have a gimlet and some nails in my pistol pocket, Baas, that I was using this morning to mend that box of yours.
That day he had been dreaming of the Baptist as he mended the ripped hemp of the nets, and Simon had insisted he tell him all about the wild man of Bethabara.
One day, when he was so drunk as to be unable to attend on me, I began to scold him, and threatened him with the stick if he did not mend his ways.
Therewere always loose backs to be fastened on securely, notes to be erased from margins, pages to be mended, labels to belettered and affixed.
When the decay was gone and the bone fragments fused, she beseeched the goddess to mend the other breaks in his leg and hand.
When they arrived, blue with cold and often breakfastless, Isobel would give each a bowl of broth, and while the lesson proceeded she would mend their ragged garments.
A moment after Manon came in under the pretext of shewing me a piece of lace I had torn away in my attempts of the day before, and of asking me if she should mend it.
A servant came and told me that the wheelwright had arrived, and that he would take four hours to mend my carriage, so I went downstairs.
However, I could not manage it, my carriage broke down, and took five hours to mend, so I had to sleep at another posting station.
But although there was much to be done as well in mending old covers, mounting worn title-pages, and such like, in this department Mr Cupples would accept no assistance.
But, by way of recreation, after the supper dishes had been washed up, Gertie darned socks, mended shirts, patched trousers for the men folk or sewed on some garment for herself.
I told her absently that I should be obliged if she would mend it when she had time, and with this she went out.
Zambelli first gave him oppilative remedies, and, seeing his mistake, he tried to mend it by administering castoreum, which sent his patient into convulsions and killed him.