2. [syn: repair, fix, fixing, fixture, mend, mending, reparation]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Mend \Mend\ (m[e^]nd), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Mended; p. pr. &
vb. n. Mending.] [Abbrev. fr. amend. See Amend.]
1. 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; as, to mend a garment or a
2. To alter for the better; to set right; to reform; hence,
to quicken; as, to mend one's manners or pace.
The best service they could do the state was to mend
the lives of the persons who composed it. --Sir W.
3. To help, to advance, to further; to add to.
Though in some lands the grass is but short, yet it
mends garden herbs and fruit. --Mortimer.
You mend the jewel by the wearing it. --Shak.
Syn: To improve; help; better; emend; amend; correct;
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: garments that must be repaired
2: the act of putting something in working order again [syn:
repair, fix, fixing, fixture, mend, mending,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
60 Moby Thesaurus words for "mending":
Great Leap Forward, advance, advancement, advancing, amelioration,
ameliorative, amendment, amends, ascent, bettering, betterment,
boost, compensation, correction, enhancement, enrichment, eugenics,
euthenics, fixing, furtherance, headway, improvement, improving,
lift, looking up, making right, melioration, meliorative, mend,
on the lift, on the mend, ongoing, overhaul, overhauling, pickup,
preferment, progress, progressing, progression, progressive,
promotion, recompense, recovery, rectification, redress, remedy,
repair, repairing, reparation, restoration, revival, rise,
satisfaction, troubleshooting, upbeat, uplift, upping, upswing,
uptrend, upward mobility