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- Rhymes: -ɛnd
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.
place or tear repaired in clothing
act of repairing
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 wearing it.
- To grow better; to advance to a better state; to become improved.
- See also Wikisaurus:repair
to repair a tear in clothing
to alter for the better; to set right; to reform; hence, to quicken
to grow better; to advance to a better state; to become improved
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