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mend

 (mĕnd)
v. mend·ed, mend·ing, mends
v.tr.
1. To make repairs or restoration to; fix.
2. To reform or correct: mend one's ways.
v.intr.
1.
a. To improve in health or condition: The patient is mending well.
b. To heal: The bone mended in a month.
2. To make repairs or corrections.
n.
1. The act of mending: did a neat mend on the sock.
2. A mended place: You can't tell where the mend is.
Idioms:
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.

[Middle English menden, short for amenden, to amend; see amend.]

mend′a·ble adj.
mend′er n.
References in classic literature ?
But Death comes not at call, Justice Divine Mends not her slowest pace for prayers or cries.
Forgive me and have pity on my folly, and remember I know but little, and, if I talk much, it's more from infirmity than malice; but he who sins and mends commends himself to God.
Heir to these tumults, this affright, that fraye(By Adam's, fathers', own, sin bound alway); Peer up, draw out thy horoscope and say Which planet mends thy threadbare fate or mars?
For otherwise, whatsoever is new is unlooked for; and ever it mends some, and pairs others; and he that is holpen, takes it for a fortune, and thanks the time; and he that is hurt, for a wrong, and imputeth it to the author.
Each of these mends, done, as you observe, with silver bands, must have cost more than the pipe did originally.