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 machine.
- To make repairs or restoration to; fix.
- To reform or correct: mend one's ways.
- To improve in health or condition: The patient is mending well.
- To heal: The bone mended in a month.
- To make repairs or corrections.
- The act of mending: did a neat mend on the sock.
- A mended place: You can't tell where the mend is.
- mend fences To improve poor relations, especially in politics: "Whatever thoughts he may have entertained about mending some fences with [them] were banished” ( Conor Cruise O'Brien).
- on the mend Improving, especially in health.