\ 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
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 Regina smiled and tended the wood for an outdoor stove. Elizabeth Barber, The New Yorker, "A Nun’s Journey in the Amazon," 17 Feb. 2020 Still, Menegaux said that because Chinese tourists often traveled in groups and tended to use specific hotels and stores, some businesses have been disproportionately affected. Norimitsu Onishi, BostonGlobe.com, "Coronavirus empties European cities of Chinese tourists," 17 Feb. 2020 This is an entirely subjective question, but the consensus from critics tends to favor the PS4. Brittany Vincent, Popular Mechanics, "Which Is Better: Xbox One or PlayStation 4?," 16 Feb. 2020 For two decades bonds have offered a form of free insurance for investors, tending to move in the opposite direction to stocks over short periods while making good money over the longer run. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "The Bond Market Might Finally Be Nearing Its Limit," 16 Feb. 2020 In overwhelmingly Christian America, North and South prayed to the same God, and both sides tended to interpret the results of the war’s ebb and flow as evidence of God’s will. Edward Achorn, Time, "Abraham Lincoln Healed a Divided Nation. We Should Heed His Words Today.," 16 Feb. 2020 One of Christina Koch’s main experiments was focused on bone health and why vertebrae tend to break after long duration flights; this kind of high-level (so to speak) guinea pig work could help doctors keep future astronauts healthy. Shannon Stirone, Wired, "Space Photos of the Week: The Stellar Women of the ISS," 15 Feb. 2020 Focusing on transition periods in youth (when these issues tend to spike), the Alliance will work to expand the impact its partner organizations have around the world, growing programs and spearheading innovations. James Gorman For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Morgan Stanley CEO: The economic case for addressing our mental health crisis," 14 Feb. 2020 At trial, Shelton Matthews showed jurors a picture of the NWP headquarters, beautifully tended and surrounded by a garden. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "The secret feminist history of the US Supreme Court," 13 Feb. 2020

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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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The first known use of tend was in the 14th century

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22 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Tend.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tend. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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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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