AskDefine | Define mend

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1 sewing or darning that repairs a worn or torn hole (especially in a garment); "her stockings had several mends" [syn: patch, darn]
2 the act of putting something in working order again [syn: repair, fix, fixing, fixture, mending, reparation]


1 restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken; "She repaired her TV set"; "Repair my shoes please" [syn: repair, fix, bushel, doctor, furbish up, restore, touch on] [ant: break]
2 heal or recover; "My broken leg is mending" [syn: heal]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. A place, as in clothing, which has been repaired by mending.
  2. The act of mending.

Derived terms


  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 machine.
  2. To alter for the better; to set right; to reform; hence, to quicken; as, to mend one's manners or pace.
  3. To help, to advance, to further; to add to.
  4. To grow better; to advance to a better state; to become improved.


To repair
To alter for the better; to set right; to reform; hence, to quicken
  • Dutch: verbeteren, herstellen
  • Finnish: korjata
To help, to advance, to further; to add to
  • Finnish: parantaa
To grow better; to advance to a better state; to become improved
  • Finnish: parantua

Extensive Definition

Mend is the critically acclaimed debut album by the Scottish band De Rosa. Released in June 2006, it was voted 16th in Mojo’s top 50 albums of 2006. It was recorded by Scottish producer Andy Miller.

Track listing

  1. Father’s Eyes – 3:26
  2. Camera – 2:50
  3. New Lanark – 3:45
  4. All Saints Day – 2:55
  5. Hopes & Little Jokes – 2:14
  6. Cathkin Braes – 4:42
  7. On Recollection – 2:54
  8. Evelyn – 3:57
  9. Hattonrigg Pit Disaster – 2:19
  10. Headfirst – 2:44
  11. The Engineer – 4:46
Lyrics by Martin John Henry. Music by De Rosa.


  • Martin John Henry – vocals, guitars, keyboards
  • James Woodside – bass, mandolin, melodica
  • Neil Woodside – drums, percussion


  • Alan Barr – cello on Evelyn, Hattonrigg Pit Disaster and The Engineer
  • Chris Connick – additional writing on Evelyn
  • Ross McGowan – additional writing on Cathkin Braes

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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