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  • mend — [mend] noun on the mend improving again after being weak: • The economy is now on the mend. * * * Ⅰ. mend UK US /mend/ verb [T] ► UK to repair something that is broken or not working: »They re sending someone round to mend the photocopier …   Financial and business terms

  • mend fences — phrase to try to become friends again with someone who you have argued with The object of the meeting was primarily to mend fences. Thesaurus: ending, solving and avoiding arguments and fightshyponym to start a friendshipsynonym Main entry: mend… …   Useful english dictionary

  • mend — vb Mend, repair, patch, rebuild are comparable when they mean to put into good or fitting order something that is injured, damaged, or defective. Mend basically implies a freeing from faults or defects {mend your manners} {the wound mended… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • mend your ways — phrase to improve your behaviour after you have been behaving badly for a long time She let him stay because he promised to mend his ways. Thesaurus: to become bettersynonym Main entry: mend * * * mend your ways : to change or improve your… …   Useful english dictionary

  • mend — [mend] vt. [ME menden, aphetic < amenden,AMEND] 1. to repair (something broken, torn, or worn); restore to good condition; make whole; fix 2. to make better; improve; reform; set right [to mend one s manners] 3. to atone for; make amends for:… …   English World dictionary

  • Mend — (m[e^]nd), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Mended}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Mending}.] [Abbrev. fr. amend. See {Amend}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To repair, as anything that is torn, broken, defaced, decayed, or the like; to restore from partial decay, injury, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mend — ► VERB 1) restore to the correct or working condition. 2) improve. ► NOUN ▪ a repair in a material. ● mend (one s) fences Cf. ↑mend one s fences ● on the mend …   English terms dictionary

  • mend — [mend] verb [T] British I to repair something that is broken or damaged Have you mended the gate?[/ex] II noun mend [mend] be on the mend to be getting better after an illness[/ex] …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • mend one's ways — {v. phr.} To reform; change one s behavior from negative to positive. * /He had better mend his ways or he ll wind up in jail./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • mend one's ways — {v. phr.} To reform; change one s behavior from negative to positive. * /He had better mend his ways or he ll wind up in jail./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • Mend — Mend, v. i. To grow better; to advance to a better state; to become improved; to recover; to heal. Shak. [1913 Webster +PJC] {on the mend} pred. a. recovering from an illness or injury. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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