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MEND, verb transitive [Latin emendo, menda, a fault, spot or blemish.]

1. To repair, as a breach; to supply a part broken or defective; as, to mend a garment, a road, a mill-dam, a fence, etc.

2. To correct; to set right; to alter for the better; as, to mend the life or manners.

3. To repair; to restore to a sound state; as, to mend a feeble or broken constitution.

4. To help; to advance; to make better.

This plausible apology does not mend the matter.

Though in some lands the grass is but short, yet it mends garden herbs and fruit.

5. To improve; to hasten.

He saw the monster mend his pace.

MEND, verb intransitive To grow better; to advance to a better state; to improve. We say, a feeble constitution mends daily; a sick man mends, or is convalescent.