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tender

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adjective ten·der \ˈten-dər\

Simple Definition of tender

  • : very loving and gentle : showing affection and love for someone or something

  • of food : easy to chew or bite : not tough

  • : painful when touched

Full Definition of tender

  1. 1a :  having a soft or yielding texture :  easily broken, cut, or damaged :  delicate, fragile <tender feet>b :  easily chewed :  succulent

  2. 2a :  physically weak :  not able to endure hardshipb :  immature, young <children of tender age>c :  incapable of resisting cold :  not hardy <tender perennials>

  3. 3 :  marked by, responding to, or expressing the softer emotions :  fond, loving <a tender lover>

  4. 4a :  showing care :  considerate, solicitous <tender regard>b :  highly susceptible to impressions or emotions :  impressionable <a tender conscience>

  5. 5a :  appropriate or conducive to a delicate or sensitive constitution or character :  gentle, mild <tender breeding> <tender irony>b :  delicate or soft in quality or tone <never before heard the piano sound so tender — Elva S. Daniels>

  6. 6 obsolete :  dear, precious

  7. 7a :  sensitive to touch or palpation <the bruise was still tender>b :  sensitive to injury or insult :  touchy <tender pride>c :  demanding careful and sensitive handling :  ticklish <a tender situation>d of a boat :  easily tipped by an external force

ten·der·ly adverb
ten·der·ness noun

Examples of tender

  1. He gave her a tender look.

  2. She was tender and loving with her new child.

  3. Cook the pasta until it is just tender.

  4. Her wrist was swollen and tender.



Origin of tender

Middle English, from Anglo-French tendre, from Latin tener; perhaps akin to Latin tenuis thin, slight — more at thin


First Known Use: 13th century


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tender

noun ten·der

Definition of tender

obsolete

  1. :  consideration, regard



Origin of tender

1tender


First Known Use: 13th century


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tender

verb ten·der

Definition of tender

ten·deredten·der·ing play \-d(ə-)riŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make tender :  soften, weaken

  3. 2 archaic :  to regard or treat with tenderness

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to become tender



14th Century

First Known Use of tender

14th century


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tender

verb ten·der

Definition of tender

ten·deredten·der·ing play \-d(ə-)riŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make a tender of

  3. 2 :  to present for acceptance :  offer <tendered my resignation>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to make a bid or tender



Origin of tender

Middle English tendren, from Anglo-French tendre offer


First Known Use: 15th century


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tender

noun ten·der

Definition of tender

  1. 1 :  an unconditional offer of money or service in satisfaction of a debt or obligation made to save a penalty or forfeiture for nonpayment or nonperformance

  2. 2 :  an offer or proposal made for acceptance: asa :  an offer of a bid for a contractb :  tender offer

  3. 3 :  something that may be offered in payment; specifically :  money



Origin of tender

Middle English tendur grant of a license, from Anglo-French tendre offer, tender, from tendre, verb, to stretch, hold out, offer, direct, from Latin tendere to stretch, direct — more at thin


First Known Use: circa 1543


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tender

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noun tend·er \ˈten-dər\

Definition of tender

  1. :  one that tends: asa (1) :  a ship employed to attend other ships (as to supply provisions) (2) :  a boat for communication or transportation between shore and a larger ship (3) :  a warship that provides logistic supportb :  a car attached to a steam locomotive for carrying a supply of fuel and water



1675

First Known Use of tender

1675


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tender

noun ten·der

Definition of tender

  1. :  an often breaded strip of usually breast meat <chicken tenders>; also :  the tenderloin of a chicken



Origin of tender

probably short for tenderloin


First Known Use: 1983



TENDER Defined for Kids

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tender

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adjective ten·der \ˈten-dər\

Definition of tender

ten·der·erten·der·est

  1. 1 :  not tough <a tender steak>

  2. 2 :  delicate 4 <tender plants>

  3. 3 :  1young 1 <He left home at a tender age.>

  4. 4 :  feeling or showing love

  5. 5 :  very easily hurt <a tender scar> <His tender old feet moved from one smooth rock to another. — Wilson Rawls, Where the Red Fern Grows.>

ten·der·ly adverb <She smiled tenderly.>
ten·der·ness noun



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tender

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verb ten·der

Definition of tender

ten·deredten·der·ing

  1. 1 :  to offer in payment

  2. 2 :  to present for acceptance <She tendered her resignation.>




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tender

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noun ten·der

Definition of tender

  1. 1 :  2offer 3

  2. 2 :  something (as money) that may be offered in payment




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tender

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noun tend·er \ˈten-dər\

Definition of tender

  1. 1 :  a boat that carries passengers or freight to a larger ship

  2. 2 :  a car attached to a locomotive for carrying fuel or water




Medical Dictionary

tender

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adjective ten·der \ˈten-dər\

Medical Definition of tender

  1. :  sensitive to touch or palpation <tender skin> <a tender palpable kidney>

  2. ten·der·ness \-nəs\play noun





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