Meaning of mend

mend

Pronunciation: (mend), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to make (something broken, worn, torn, or otherwise damaged) whole, sound, or usable by repairing: to mend old clothes; to mend a broken toy.
  2. to remove or correct defects or errors in.
  3. to set right; make better; improve: to mend matters.
—v.i.
  1. to progress toward recovery, as a sick person.
  2. (of broken bones) to grow back together; knit.
  3. to improve, as conditions or affairs.
  4. to refurl sails that have been badly furled.
—n.
  1. the act of mending; repair or improvement.
  2. a mended place.
  3. The breach between father and son is on the mend.
    1. recovering from an illness.
    2. improving in general, as a state of affairs:The breach between father and son is on the mend.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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