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

v restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken

bushel, doctor, fix, furbish up, repair, restore, touch on
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
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ameliorate, amend, better, improve, meliorate
to make better

v heal or recover

“My broken leg is mending
Type of:
ameliorate, better, improve, meliorate
get better

n sewing that repairs a worn or torn hole (especially in a garment)

“her stockings had several mends
darn, patch
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sewing, stitchery
needlework on which you are working with needle and thread

n the act of putting something in working order again

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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