Hypertext Webster Gateway: "mend"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Mend \Mend\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Mended}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Mending}.] [Abbrev. fr. amend. See {Amend}.]
1. 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

2. To alter for the better; to set right; to reform; hence,
to quicken; as, to mend one's manners or pace.

The best service they could do the state was to mend
the lives of the persons who composed it. --Sir W.

3. 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. --Mortimer.

You mend the jewel by the wearing it. --Shak.

Syn: To improve; help; better; emend; amend; correct;
rectify; reform.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Mend \Mend\, v. i.
To grow better; to advance to a better state; to become
improved. --Shak.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n : sewing that repairs a worn or torn place in a garment [syn:
v 1: restore by replacing a part or putting together what is
torn or broken; "She repaired her TV set"; "Repair my
shoes please" [syn: {repair}, {fix}, {bushel}, {doctor},
{furbish up}, {restore}, {touch on}] [ant: {break}]
2: heal or recover; "My broken leg is mending" [syn: {heal}]

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