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tend

verb \ ˈtend \

Definition of tend

intransitive verb
1 :to exhibit an inclination or tendency :conduce
  • tends to be optimistic
2 :to move, direct, or develop one's course in a particular direction
  • cannot tell where society is tending

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Origin and Etymology of tend

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


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tend

verb

Definition of tend

intransitive verb
1 :to pay attention :apply oneself
  • tend to your own affairs
  • tend to our correspondence
2 :to act as an attendant :serve
  • tended to his wife
3 archaic :listen
4 obsolete :await
transitive verb
1 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
d :to manage the operations of :mind
  • tend the store
  • tend the fire
2 :to stand by (something, such as a rope) in readiness to prevent mischance (such as fouling)
3 archaic :to attend as a servant

Origin and Etymology of tend

Middle English, short for attenden to attend



TEND Defined for Kids

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tend

verb \ ˈtend \

Definition of tend for Students

tended; tending
1 :to take care of
  • She tends the garden.
2 :to pay attention
  • You should tend to business.
3 :to manage the operation of
  • Who's tending the store?

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tend

verb

Definition of tend for Students

tended; tending
1 :to be likely
  • She tends to sleep late.
2 :to move or turn in a certain direction
  • The road tends to the right.


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