- 1[transitive] mend something (British English) to repair something that has been damaged or broken so that it can be used again Could you mend my bike for me? see also fence-mending
- 2[transitive] mend something to repair a hole in a piece of clothing, etc. He mended shoes for a living.
- 3[transitive] mend something to find a solution to a problem or disagreement They tried to mend their differences.
- 4[intransitive] (old-fashioned) (of a person) to improve in health after being ill/sick synonym recover He's mending slowly after the operation.
- 5[intransitive] (of a broken bone) to heal Word Origin Middle English: shortening of amend.Extra examples I was trying to mend that broken clock. I’ll get my guitar mended. The front gate needed mending. Could you mend my bike? He has been trying to mend relations between the two countries. Is it too late to mend fences with your ex-wife? She ought to learn to mend her own clothes. They met in an attempt to mend their differences. This debate will not mend matters.Idioms (British English, saying) a bad situation will pass or be forgotten most quickly if nothing more is said about it to find a solution to a disagreement with somebody to stop behaving badly
BrE BrE//mend//; NAmE NAmE//mend//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they mend
BrE BrE//mend//; NAmE NAmE//mend//he / she / it mends
BrE BrE//mendz//; NAmE NAmE//mendz//past simple mended
BrE BrE//ˈmendɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈmendɪd//past participle mended
BrE BrE//ˈmendɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈmendɪd//-ing form mending
BrE BrE//ˈmendɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈmendɪŋ//