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v. mend·ed, mend·ing, mends
1. To make repairs or restoration to; fix.
2. To reform or correct: mend one's ways.
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.
1. The act of mending: did a neat mend on the sock.
2. 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.

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

mend′a·ble adj.
mend′er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mender - a skilled worker who mends or repairs things
darner - a person who mends by darning
maintenance man, repairman, service man - a skilled worker whose job is to repair things
skilled worker, skilled workman, trained worker - a worker who has acquired special skills
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I was put into jail as I was going to the shoemaker's to get a shoe which was mender.
Monsieur the Marquis cast his eyes over the submissive faces that drooped before him, as the like of himself had drooped before Monseigneur of the Court--only the difference was, that these faces drooped merely to suffer and not to propitiate--when a grizzled mender of the roads joined the group.
The sweet scents of the summer night rose all around him, and rose, as the rain falls, impartially, on the dusty, ragged, and toil-worn group at the fountain not far away; to whom the mender of roads, with the aid of the blue cap without which he was nothing, still enlarged upon his man like a spectre, as long as they could bear it.
It was the fruiterer," replied my friend, "who brought you to the conclusion that the mender of soles was not of sufficient height for Xerxes et id genus omne.
Oh, children of the Prophet, it is known unto you that a Portuguee dog of a Christian clock mender pollutes the city of Tangier with his presence.
Then she dismissed from her mind further thought of the tunnel, for that time, and began to wonder if Aunt Em would not be happy as Royal Mender of the Stockings of the Ruler of Oz.
A mender of old shoes, or patcher up of clothes, who made the shoes or clothes worse than he received them, could not have remained thirty days undetected, and would very soon have starved; whereas during more than forty years, Protagoras was corrupting all Hellas, and sending his disciples from him worse than he received them, and he was never found out.
You behold in me, not a private individual, but a public character; not a mender of locks, but a healer of the wounds of his unhappy country.
That the landlord was a man of money- making turn was sufficiently testified by the fact of a small bulkhead beneath the tap-room window, in size and shape not unlike a sedan-chair, being underlet to a mender of shoes: and that he was a being of a philanthropic mind was evident from the protection he afforded to a pieman, who vended his delicacies without fear of interruption, on the very door-step.
As cockpit automotive electronics continue to grow more visual and integrated, so do the challenges to find a software/hardware platform capable of tackling these requirements with room for future growth," said Dan Mender, vice president of business development, Green Hills Software.
Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Petroleum Operations Ltd (Adco) has awarded the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for developing the Mender oil field to China Petroleum Engineering & Construction Corporation (CPECC).
TOKYO, May 18 (KUNA) -- A subsidiary of China's oil and gas giant has signed a contract worth USD 330 million with an Abu Dhabi's petroleum firm for a development project at the United Arab Emirate southern Mender oilfield, state press reported Monday.