AskDefine | Define wend

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Wend \Wend\, n. (O. Eng. Law) A large extent of ground; a perambulation; a circuit. [Obs.] --Burrill. [1913 Webster]
Wends \Wends\, n. pl.; sing. Wend. (Ethnol.) A Slavic tribe which once occupied the northern and eastern parts of Germany, of which a small remnant exists. [1913 Webster]
Wend \Wend\ (w[e^]nd), obs. p. p. of Wene. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]
Wend \Wend\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Wended, Obs. Went; p. pr. & vb. n. Wending.] [AS. wendan to turn, to go, caus. of windan to wind; akin to OS. wendian, OFries. wenda, D. wenden to turn, G. wenden, Icel. venda, Sw. v[aum]nda, Dan. vende, Goth. wandjan. See Wind to turn, and cf. Went.] [1913 Webster]
To go; to pass; to betake one's self. "To Canterbury they wend." --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] To Athens shall the lovers wend. --Shak. [1913 Webster]
To turn round. [Obs.] --Sir W. Raleigh. [1913 Webster]
Wend \Wend\, v. t. To direct; to betake; -- used chiefly in the phrase to wend one's way. Also used reflexively. "Great voyages to wend." --Surrey. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

wend v : direct one's course or way; "wend yoour way through the crowds"
see Wend




  1. To go or proceed along some course or way.
    We wended our weary way westward

Usage notes

The modern past tense of wend is wended. Originally it was went. However, went has come to be the past tense of go, and using it as the past tense of wend is now considered archaic.


Wend may refer to:
  • WEnd, the marker for the end of a while loop in some computer languages
  • WEND, a modern rock radio station
  • Wend von Wietersheim (1900-1975), German general

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