mend
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.
Translations Translations Verb

mend (mends, present participle mending; 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.
    When your car breaks down, you can take it to the garage to have it mended.
  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.
    • Sir W. Temple
      The best service they could do the state was to mend the lives of the persons who composed it.
  3. (transitive) 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.
    • 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: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act 1, scene 1]:
      You mend the jewel by the wearing it.
  4. (intransitive) To grow better; to advance to a better state; to become improved.
Synonyms Translations Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: melhorar
  • Russian: улучша́ться



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