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Mend, 1) trans. a) to repair from breach or decay: “like the --ing of highways,” Merch. V, 263. “let the botcher m. him,” Tw. I, 5, 51. Tw. I, 5, 51 H4A II, 4, 130. H4B III, 2, 176. H5 IV, 8, 74. Tim. IV, 3, 285. Caes. I, 1, 18. Caes. I, 1, 18 “like a chime a --ing,” Troil. I, 3, 159.
b) to make better, to improve: “in others' works thou dost but m. the style,” Sonn. 78, 11. “thus I m. it,” Err. II, 2, 107. “where fair is not, praise cannot m. the brow,” LLL IV, 1, 17. “we will m. thy wages,” As II, 4, 94. “God m. your voices,” V, 3, 42. “it would m. the lottery,” All's I, 3, 92. “would that have --ed my hair?” Tw. I, 3, 102. “this is an art which does m. nature,” Wint. IV, 4, 96. “to m. her kissing,” Wint. IV, 4, 96 “I will m. thy feast,” Tim. IV, 3, 282. Tim. IV, 3, 282 Tim. IV, 3, 282 to m. it (life) “or be rid on't,” Mcb. III, 1, 114. “m. his pace,” Hml. V, 1, 64. “m. your speech,” Lr. I, 1, 96. “upon my --ed judgment,” Cymb. I, 4, 49. == to add to, to increase the value of: “over and beside Signior Baptista's liberality, I'll m. it with a largess,” Shr. I, 2, 151. “you m. the jewel by the wearing it,” Tim. I, 1, 172. “to m. the petty present,” Ant. I, 5, 45. I cannot m. it == I cannot help it, it is not my fault: R2 II, 3, 153. III, 2, 100. cf. “will this gear ne'er be --ed?” Troil. I, 1, 6 (== will you ever lament thus?). Used of health to be restored: “God m. him,” H4B I, 2, 124. In a moral sense: “show now your --ed faiths,” John V, 7, 75. “hollow hearts I fear ye; m. 'em,” H8 III, 1, 105. And reflexively: “bid the dishonest man m. himself,” Tw. I, 5, 50.
So God m. me, used as an oath: “by my troth, and in good earnest, and so God m. me, and by all pretty oaths that are not dangerous,” As IV, 1, 193. “in good sooth, and as true as I live, and as God shall m. me,” H4A III, 1, 255. “God shall m. my soul!” Rom. I, 5, 81. God m. all! an expression of acquiescence in a disagreeable truth: H8 I, 2, 201. Cymb. V, 5, 68. “our worser thoughts heaven m.” Ant. I, 2, 64.
c) to set right, to correct, to repair what is amiss: “to m. the hurt that his unkindness marred,” Ven. 478. “that fault may be --ed,” Gent. III, 1, 328. Err. III, 2, 107. “--ed again,” Meas. V, 91; cf. “very well --ed,” Shr. V, 2, 25. “think of this, and all is --ed,” Mids. V, 431. “I told him . . . of his oath-breaking, which he --ed thus, by now forswearing that he is forsworn,” H4A V, 2, 38. “you must return and m. it,” Cor. III, 2, 26. “what is amiss plague and infection m.” Tim. V, 1, 224. “m. it for your own good,” Oth. II, 3, 304. == to adjust: “he will m. the ruff and sing,” All's III, 2, 7. “your crown's awry; I'll m. it,” Ant. V, 2, 322.
d) to make in a better way, to perform better than before: “whether we are --ed, or whether better they,” Sonn. 59, 11. “those parts of thee that the world's eye doth view want nothing that the thought of hearts can m.” 69, 2. “were it not sinful then striving to m., to mar the subject?” 103, 9. “will you go with me? we'll m. our dinner here,” Err. IV, 3, 60; cf. “you have now a broken banquet, but we'll m. it,” H8 I, 4, 61. “he can sing, and in ushering m. him who can,” LLL V, 2, 329 (Germ. mache es besser wer kann). “m. the instance,” As III, 2, 70 (produce a better argument). to-morrow it (our dinner) “shall be --ed,” Shr. IV, 1, 179. m. the plucking off the other (boot) Shr. IV, 1, 179 “what here shall miss, our toil shall strive to m.” Shr. IV, 1, 179.
2) intr. a) to become better, to improve: “what think you of this fool? doth he not m.?” Tw. I, 5, 80. “they are people such that m. upon the world,” Cymb. II, 4, 26 (== get the upperhand of the world; cf. grow in As I, 1, 91). == to recover: “love me and m.” Ado V, 2, 95. “my long sickness of health and living now begins to m.” Tim. V, 1, 190. Used in a moral sense: “go m.” Meas. III, 2, 28. “if he m., he is no longer dishonest,” Tw. I, 5, 50. Ado II, 3, 239. Tim. V, 1, 92. Lr. II, 4, 232. Oth. IV, 3, 106.
b) to do better than before: “if you pardon, we will m.” Mids. V, 437. “m. and charge home,” Cor. I, 4, 38. “still he --s,” Ant. I, 3, 82.
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