tend

verb (1)
\ ˈtend \
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

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The early days of your romance tend to be the hottest and heaviest. Suzannah Weiss, Glamour, "17 Foreplay Tips & Ideas You'll Be Dying to Try," 18 Jan. 2019 Cold weather joint pain tends to be most common in the knees, hips, and ankles. Amy Marturana, SELF, "Yes, Your Joints Do Hurt More When It's Cold Out—Here’s Why," 27 Dec. 2018 Or people in the Central Valley, where there aren’t great multimodal transportation options, and most of the growth tends to be low-density sprawl development that relies on cars to get around? AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli Deep breath. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Getting around the Bay Area with Chanell Fletcher," 21 Dec. 2018 Yet exclusive breastfeeding rates tend to drop off within the first six months of a baby’s life, due to the wide range of struggles a mom may encounter, from tongue ties to difficulty latching to, yes, low milk supply. E.j. Dickson, Vox, "Inside the mommy-friendly, scientifically sketchy world of breastfeeding supplements," 20 Dec. 2018 Rising interest rates tend to boost the dollar by making the U.S. currency more appealing to yield-seeking investors. Sam Goldfarb, WSJ, "Dollar Slips as Traders Interpret Fed Guidance," 20 Dec. 2018 Oddly enough, infantry fighting vehicles tend to be much less well-armored than tanks, despite the fact that they are exposed to many of the same anti-armor threats and carry two, three, or four times as many troops inside. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Israel's 'Namer' Infrantry Vehicle Could Be a Glimpse of the U.S. Army's Future," 13 Dec. 2018 The chain store, which is typically open 24 hours a day, tends to be open for all major holidays including Easter and New Year's Day. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Here Are Walmart's Christmas Hours, Just in Case You Left Someone off Your List," 12 Dec. 2018 Ordinarily, of course, the shoes tend to be on the opposite feet, with Democrats advocating stricter regulation and Republicans defending free-market policies. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Republicans are mad at Google for search bias—will they do anything about it?," 12 Dec. 2018

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

Verb (2)

Middle English, short for attenden to attend

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More Definitions for tend

tend

verb
\ ˈtend \
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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