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verb mend pronunciation in British English /mend/
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present tense
I/you/we/theymend
he/she/itmends
present participlemending
past tensemended
past participlemended
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to repair a tear or hole in a piece of clothing

    These socks need to be mended.

    1. a.
      British to repair something that is broken or damaged so that it can be used again

      The gate needs to be mended so it closes properly.

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  2. 2
    [transitive] to do something to end an argument or disagreement

    The Secretary of State and Chinese Foreign Minister met in an attempt to mend strained relations.

  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] if a bone mends, or if something mends it after it has broken, it grows back together and becomes healthy again
    1. a.
      British to become well again after an illness or injury

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mender

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pluralmenders

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