- IPA: /mɛnd/
mend (plural mends)
- A place, as in clothing, which has been repaired by mending.
- The act of repairing.
- My trousers have a big rip in them and need a mend.
mend (mends, present participle mending; past and past participle mended)
- (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.
- (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.
- (transitive) 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.
- 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.
- (intransitive) To grow better; to advance to a better state; to become improved.
- See also Thesaurus:repair
- French: réparer, raccommoder
- German: reparieren, flicken
- Italian: riparare
- Portuguese: consertar, reparar
- Russian: исправля́ть
- Spanish: remendar, emendar, reparar
- Portuguese: melhorar
- Russian: улучша́ться