Main definitions of wend in English

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wend1

verb

wend one's way
  • no object, with adverbial Go in a specified direction, typically slowly or by an indirect route.

    ‘they wended their way across the city’
    • ‘Just this week, infrared cameras detected 15 people wending their way across the desert.’
    • ‘So the 3,000 protesters wending their way through Westwood had few witnesses beyond a gaggle of riot cops.’
    • ‘Two conflicting thoughts occur as you sit with Stu Thomson in a Nevis Range gondola and wend your way slowly up the north face of Aonach Mor, all the way to 2,150 ft and the top of the World Cup downhill course.’
    • ‘The road wends its way queasily from valley to valley, dipping and rising through dappled woodland.’
    • ‘Along the Yukon River, I'll follow the dike to Front Street, where I'll nip into Jimmy's Place, Maximilian's and the General Store before wending my way through town back to Berton House.’
    • ‘On Thursday afternoon last at 3.30 pm a small number of people were wending their way along Carlow's widest street, in stark contrast to a few years back.’
    • ‘You'd be able to kayak to work, or maybe spend your Sunday wending your way through a small creek down from the top of Mount Royal through Westmount and into the East End.’
    • ‘St. Michael's Church was full to over flowing for the Requiem Mass last Friday morning after which the massive funeral cortège slowly wended its way to St. Michael's cemetery for burial.’
    • ‘The sealed road wends its way across the stark Anti-Atlas and startling scenery appears after Igherm while descending the Akka Valley.’
    • ‘But to enter the expansive dale it must climb over 7,000 feet, wending its way through snowcapped mountains cut from the Alay and Tian Shan ranges.’
    • ‘Above Muir, you'll wend your way past yawning crevasses along the Cowlitz Glacier, tiptoe over snow bridges on the Ingraham Glacier, and duck past the giant seracs of the Ingraham Icefall.’
    • ‘Visitors had to wend and weave their way around corners and curves to reach the various spaces, which once again invoked the trope of the medieval city.’
    • ‘The deer favor more open spaces and can often be seen from the road as one wends one's way along the Skyline Drive.’
    meander, make one's way, wind one's way, find one's way, pick one's way
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Origin

Old English wendan ‘to turn, depart’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German wenden, also to wind.

Pronunciation

wend

/wɛnd/

Main definitions of wend in English

: wend1Wend2

Wend2

noun

  • another term for Sorb
    • ‘Their retreat left a vacuum east of the Elbe River now filled by immigrating tribes that the Germans loosely classified as Wends.’
    • ‘Sorbs in this country usually called themselves Wends, but that term has acquired a pejorative ring in Europe today.’
    • ‘The Slovaks and the Wends / Sorbs are the only two Lutheran Slavic groups to immigrate to America, and their numbers were not large.’
    • ‘The 500 or so Sorbian immigrants who arrived in Galveston, Texas, in 1854 were primarily bilingual, speaking German and Wendish, and called themselves German Wends.’
    • ‘Another point of importance for German development was that Charlemagne fixed the boundary between his domain and the Slavs, including the Wends, on the farther side of the Elbe and Saale Rivers.’
    • ‘From Gotland and south-east Sweden came the Geats, Norwegians, Franks from northern France and central Germany, Wends from the southern Baltic coasts, and many others.’
    • ‘My father's family are descended from the Wends, a nomadic people from the Slav lands who were gypsies, musicians and physicians.’

Origin

From German Wende, of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

Wend

/wɛnd/