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See also: mënd
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
- (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.
- You mend the jewel by wearing it.
- 1863, Sheridan Le Fanu, The House by the Churchyard
- But my lord was angry, and being disguised with liquor too, he would not let him go till they played more; and play they did, and the luck still went the same way; and my lord grew fierce over it, and cursed and drank, and that did not mend his luck you may be sure […]
- (intransitive) To grow better; to advance to a better state; to become improved.
- See also Thesaurus: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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