mend synonym, mend definition | Thesaurus




1    cure, darn, fix, heal, patch, rectify, refit, reform, remedy, renew, renovate, repair, restore, retouch  
2    ameliorate, amend, better, correct, emend, improve, rectify, reform, revise  
3    convalesce, get better, heal, recover, recuperate  
4    darn, patch, repair, stitch  
5    on the mend      convalescent, convalescing, getting better, improving, recovering, recuperating  
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  ( mends    3rd person present)   ( mending    present participle)   ( mended    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   If you mend something that is broken or not working, you repair it, so that it works properly or can be used.   (=repair, fix)  
They took a long time to mend the roof...      V n  
I should have had the catch mended, but never got round to it.      have n V-ed  
2       verb   If a person or a part of their body mends or is mended, they get better after they have been ill or have had an injury.  
I'm feeling a good bit better. The cut aches, but it's mending...      V  
He must have a major operation on his knee to mend severed ligaments.      V n  
3       verb   If you try to mend divisions between people, you try to end the disagreements or quarrels between them.   (=heal)  
He sent Evans as his personal envoy to discuss ways to mend relations between the two countries...      V n  
4    If a relationship or situation is on the mend after a difficult or unsuccessful period, it is improving.  
on the mend      phrase   v-link PHR  
More evidence that the economy was on the mend was needed.     
5    If you are on the mend after an illness or injury, you are recovering from it.  
on the mend      phrase   v-link PHR  
The baby had been poorly but seemed on the mend.     
6    If someone who has been behaving badly mends their ways, they begin to behave well.  
mend o's ways      phrase   V inflects  
He has promised drastic disciplinary action if they do not mend their ways.     
    to mend fences  

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