When you mend something, you fix it or make it better. If you can mend your broken lamp, then it will shine again. If not you'll have to sit in the dark.

The word mend was originally used as a religious term, meaning to free a person from sin, usually through repentance and good deeds. Mend has come to refer to fixing something that is broken. A mechanic might mend a broken car, or a seamstress might mend a torn dress. The word also frequently relates health and healing. Someone recovering from a long bout of the flu is said to be "on the mend." But as the song goes, "How can you mend a broken heart?"

Definitions of mend
  1. verb
    restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken
    synonyms: bushel, doctor, fix, furbish up, repair, restore, touch on
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    break, bust
    ruin completely
    break, bust, fall apart, wear, wear out
    go to pieces
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    fiddle, tinker
    try to fix or mend
    plug with a substance
    patch, piece
    repair by adding pieces
    repair or mend
    point, repoint
    repair the joints of bricks
    trouble-shoot, troubleshoot
    solve problems
    patch, patch up
    mend by putting a patch on
    resole, sole
    put a new sole on
    revamp, vamp
    provide (a shoe) with a new vamp
    heel, reheel
    put a new heel on
    repair by sewing
    close, fill up
    fill or stop up
    type of:
    ameliorate, amend, better, improve, meliorate
    to make better
  2. verb
    heal or recover
    “My broken leg is mending
    synonyms: heal
  3. noun
    sewing that repairs a worn or torn hole (especially in a garment)
    “her stockings had several mends
    synonyms: darn, patch
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    type of:
    sewing, stitchery
    needlework on which you are working with needle and thread
  4. noun
    the act of putting something in working order again
    synonyms: fix, fixing, fixture, mending, repair, reparation
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    the act of mending a hole in a garment with crossing threads
    the act of mending a hole in a garment by sewing a patch over it
    care, maintenance, upkeep
    activity involved in maintaining something in good working order
    band aid, quick fix, quickie, quicky
    hurried repair
    the act of restoring something or someone to a satisfactory state
    the activity of constructing something again
    the act of restoring something to its original state
    restoration to a previous state
    camera care
    keeping a camera in good working order
    car care
    keeping a car in good working order
    inspection and repair, overhaul, service
    periodic maintenance on a car or machine
    the restoration of run-down urban areas by the middle class (resulting in the displacement of low-income residents)
    reclamation, rehabilitation, renewal
    the conversion of wasteland into land suitable for use of habitation or cultivation
    a complete reconstruction and renovation of something
    reassembly, refabrication
    assembling again
    re-formation, regeneration
    forming again (especially with improvements or removal of defects); renewing and reconstituting
    building again
    pump priming
    introducing water into a pump to improve the seal and start the water flowing
    scheduled maintenance
    maintenance at a regularly scheduled time
    steam fitting
    care (installation and maintenance) of equipment for ventilating or heating or refrigerating
    the restoration of someone to a useful place in society
    the act of restoring someone to a previous position
    the act of restoring to a more youthful condition
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    the act of improving something
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