tend

verb (1)
\ ˈtend How to pronounce tend (audio) \
tended; tending; tends

Definition of tend

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

tend

verb (2)
tended; tending; tends

Definition of tend (Entry 2 of 2)

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

1a : 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

Examples of tend in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Futures tend to have a higher risk factor than other alternative investments and the details of the contracts can be complex. Kelli Click, Forbes, 11 Aug. 2022 Now, after most people have been vaccinated, infected or both, variants that can also evade or suppress our existing immune responses tend to have the edge. Brianna Abbott, WSJ, 11 Aug. 2022 Huskies tend to have the most unique names with names like Ghosts, Shadow, Aspen and Storm only in the top 20 for that breed. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, 10 Aug. 2022 Back in October, a source told PEOPLE that at Sheen's household, Sam and Lola tend to have more freedom, whereas Richards and husband Aaron Phypers set more rules at their home. Angela Andaloro, Peoplemag, 10 Aug. 2022 The best fan theories tend to have a stimulating effect. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, 9 Aug. 2022 Bamboo sheets tend to have a soft, silky texture that's comfortable to rest on. Jamie Weissman, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Aug. 2022 Electric vehicles also tend to have lower maintenance costs, as electric motors and batteries require less routine care than gasoline engines do. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, 8 Aug. 2022 Those tend to have serious safety or social issues. Chris Morris, Fortune, 8 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of tend

Verb (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Verb (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 3

History and Etymology for tend

Verb (1)

Middle English tenden "to stretch, spread, direct oneself (to), incline toward," borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French tendre "to stretch, hold out, offer, direct (one's course), go, aim (at)," going back to Latin tendere "to extend outward, stretch, spread out, direct (one's course), aim (at a purpose)" (Medieval Latin, "to lead toward, move in a particular direction") — more at tender entry 3

Verb (2)

Middle English tenden, shortened from attenden "to attend" or entenden, intenden "to intend"

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15 Aug 2022

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“Tend.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tend. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for tend

tend

verb
\ ˈtend How to pronounce tend (audio) \
tended; tending

Kids Definition of tend

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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?

tend

verb
tended; tending

Kids Definition of tend (Entry 2 of 2)

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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