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“mend” in British English

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mendverb [ T ]

uk /mend/ 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 burst pipe.
The country's president is seeking to mend relations with the United States.

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mendnoun [ C ]

uk /mend/ us /mend/

(Definition of “mend” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“mend” in American English

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mendverb

us /mend/

mend verb (REPAIR)

[ T ] to repair cloth 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 broken wrist took eight weeks to mend.
mend
noun us /mend/

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“mend” in Business English

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mendverb [ T ]

uk /mend/ us

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 government pledged to mend the country's broken society.
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, environmental groups, 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 /mend/ us
be on the mend informal

to be improving after a period of difficulty or failure:

The economy finally seems to be on the mend.

(Definition of “mend” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)