tend


1tend

verb \ˈtend\

Definition of TEND

intransitive verb
1
archaic :  listen
2
:  to pay attention :  apply oneself <tend to your own affairs> <tend to our correspondence>
3
:  to act as an attendant :  serve <tended to his wife>
4
obsolete :  await
transitive verb
1
archaic :  to attend as a servant
2
a :  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, foster
d :  to manage the operations of :  mind <tend the store> <tend the fire>
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

2tend

intransitive verb

Definition of TEND

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

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