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"mend" in British English

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mendverb [T]

uk   us   /mend/
B1 to ​repair something that is ​broken or ​damaged: Could you mend this ​hole in my ​shirt?UK I've ​left my ​watch at the jeweller's to be mended.UK The ​plumber came to mend the ​burstpipe. The country's ​president is ​seeking to mend ​relations with the United States.

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mendnoun [C]

uk   us   /mend/
(Definition of mend from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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mendverb

 us   /mend/
  • mend verb (REPAIR)

[T] to ​repaircloth that is ​torn or something that is ​damaged: Could you mend this ​hole in my ​shirt? The ​country is ​seeking to mend ​relations with the US.
  • mend verb (BECOME WELL)

[I/T] to ​become well again after an ​illness or ​injury: [I] The ​bones in my ​brokenwrist took eight ​weeks to mend.
mend
noun  us   /mend/
(Definition of mend from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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mendverb [T]

uk   us   /mend/
UK to ​repair something that is ​broken or not ​working: They're ​sending someone round to mend the ​photocopier.
to ​find a ​solution to a problem: The new ​governmentpledged to mend the country's ​brokensociety.
mend fences/bridges/relations to ​try to ​improve a ​relationship with someone you have had a disagreement with: The ​industry is ​trying to mend fences with ​government, ​environmentalgroups, and the ​public.
mend your ways to begin to ​improve your ​behaviour after you have been ​behaving badly: The ​outcry over third-world child ​exploitation has shamed some ​employers into mending their ways.

mendnoun

uk   us   /mend/
be on the mend informal to be ​improving after a ​period of difficulty or ​failure: The ​economyfinally seems to be on the mend.
(Definition of mend from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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