One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘workmen were mending faulty cabling’
repair, fix, put back together, piece together, patch up, restore, sew, sew up, stitch, darn, patch, cobble, botch, vamp, vamp up
rehabilitate, renew, renovate, redevelop, overhaul, recondition, rebuild, refurbish
make whole, make well, cure, heal
Northern English fettle, spetch
Northern English Scottish ranter
archaic clout, tinker, beet
2‘‘How's Walter?’ ‘He'll mend.’’
get better, get well, recover, be on the road to recovery, pull through, recuperate, convalesce, improve, be well, be cured, be all right, heal, knit, draw together
3‘quarrels could be mended by talking’
put right, set right, set straight, make up, straighten out, sort out, put in order, rectify, remedy, right, redress, resolve, square, settle, put to rights, correct, amend, emend, retrieve, improve, make better, better, make good, ameliorate, reform
4‘he mended the fire’
stoke, stoke up, make up, charge, fuel
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