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 machine.
To alter for the better; to set right; to reform; hence, to quicken; as, to mend one's manners or pace.
To help, to advance, to further; to add to.
To grow better; to advance to a better state; to become improved.
How few there are who have courage enough to own their faults, or resolution enough to mend them. Benjamin Franklin
The spirit of man can endure only so much and when it is broken only a miracle can mend it. John Burroughs
I was never one to patiently pick up broken fragments and glue them together again and tell myself that the mended whole was as good as new. What is broken is broken - and I'd rather remember it as it was at its best than mend it and see the broken places as long as I lived. Margaret Mitchell
If things are going untowardly one month, they are sure to mend the next. Jane Austen
mend in Danish is reparere
mend in Dutch is lappen, oplappen, boeten, flikken
mend in German is reparieren, instandsetzen
mend in Latin is resarcio
mend in Portuguese is emende
mend in Spanish is enmendar, remendar
mend in Swedish is laga, reparera
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