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 Fortuitously, there would appear to be many crucial factors that would tend to inhibit the sky-high pricing, or at least create pressures to get the pricing to come down. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 12 Oct. 2021 These days, there’s enough controversy around the holiday that most tend to ignore it. Chris Morris, Fortune, 11 Oct. 2021 WhatsApp forwards, long messages and images that tend to make the rounds in South Asian circles, are often innocuous. NBC News, 11 Oct. 2021 Not all planarians can regenerate, but those that can tend to be spectacular at it. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 8 Oct. 2021 Those grants, which were funded by donations from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, have frustrated Republicans because large, Democratic-leaning communities received more than rural and suburban ones that tend to vote for Republicans. Natalie Eilbert, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 6 Oct. 2021 For businesses that tend to hire lower-wage workers, such as restaurants (which are also dealing with higher food costs) that is less than ideal. Justin Lahart, WSJ, 30 Sep. 2021 One factor, officials say, has been the growing popularity of larger vehicles, like S.U.V.s and pickup trucks that tend to cause more grievous injuries. New York Times, 30 Sep. 2021 Some of the disparities between districts in compassionate release mirror variations in sentencing, with courts that tend to hand out longer sentences being less likely to grant release, experts say. Casey Tolan, CNN, 30 Sep. 2021

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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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14 Oct 2021

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“Tend.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tend. Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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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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