Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To repair, as anything that is torn, broken, defaced, decayed, or the like; to restore from partial decay, injury, or defacement; to patch up; to put in shape or order again; to re-create;
menda garment or a machine
To alter for the better; to set right; to reform; hence, to quicken;
mendone’s manners or pace
The best service they could do the state was to
mendthe lives of the persons who composed it.
Sir W. Temple.
To help, to advance, to further; to add to.
Though in some lands the grass is but short, yet it
mendsgarden herbs and fruit.
mendthe jewel by the wearing it.
Syn. – To improve; help; better; emend; amend; correct; rectify; reform.
Webster 1828 Edition
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, &c.
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.