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tend

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verb \ˈtend\

Definition of tend

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  listen

  3. 2 :  to pay attention :  apply oneself <tend to your own affairs> <tend to our correspondence>

  4. 3 :  to act as an attendant :  serve <tended to his wife>

  5. 4 obsolete :  await

  6. transitive verb
  7. 1 archaic :  to attend as a servant

  8. 2a :  to apply oneself to the care of :  watch over <tended her sick father>b :  to have or take charge of as a caretaker or overseer <tend the sheep>c :  cultivate, fosterd :  to manage the operations of :  mind <tend the store> <tend the fire>

  9. 3 :  to stand by (as a rope) in readiness to prevent mischance (as fouling)



Origin of tend

Middle English, short for attenden to attend


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with tend


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tend

intransitive verb

Definition of tend

  1. 1 :  to move, direct, or develop one's course in a particular direction <cannot tell where society is tending>

  2. 2 :  to exhibit an inclination or tendency :  conduce <tends to be optimistic>



Origin of tend

Middle English, to stretch, direct oneself, from Anglo-French tendre — more at tender


First Known Use: 14th century



TEND Defined for Kids

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tend

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verb \ˈtend\

Definition of tend for Students

tendedtending

  1. 1 :  to take care of <She tends the garden.>

  2. 2 :  to pay attention <You should tend to business.>

  3. 3 :  to manage the operation of <Who's tending the store?>




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tend

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verb

Definition of tend for Students

tendedtending

  1. 1 :  to be likely <She tends to sleep late.>

  2. 2 :  to move or turn in a certain direction <The road tends to the right.>





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