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Definition of mend verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they mend
    he / she / it mends
    past simple mended
    -ing form mending
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  1. 1[transitive] mend something to repair a hole in a piece of clothing, etc. He mended a rip in his pants.
  2. 2[transitive] mend something to find a solution to a problem or disagreement They tried to mend their differences. see also fence-mending
  3. 3[intransitive] (old-fashioned) (of a person) to improve in health after being ill/sick synonym recover He's mending slowly after the operation.
  4. 4[intransitive] (of a broken bone) to heal
  5. Idioms
    mend (your) fences (with somebody)
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    to find a solution to a disagreement with someone
    mend your ways
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    to stop behaving badly
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: mend