The earthquake struck about 47 miles southwest of Marrakesh and at a depth of about 11 miles, putting it in the category of a shallow earthquake, a type that tends to be more destructive.—Sarah Dadouch, Washington Post, 11 Sep. 2023 That history made Chile a textbook case of Cold War anti-Communist machinations, but this perspective has tended to overshadow the ways in which Chile is also a study in resistance to autocracy.—Ruth Ben-Ghiat, The Atlantic, 11 Sep. 2023 With both teams out of the playoff mix, midweek games in September — after the start of the school year — tend to lose their luster.—Alex Speier, BostonGlobe.com, 11 Sep. 2023 But on the whole, lively debate between the United States and Europe, even sharp disagreement, tends to produce better outcomes and creates a world that is more secure and prosperous.—Dominic Tierney, Foreign Affairs, 11 Sep. 2023 When the financial market is down, the price of gold tends to rise.—Laxmi Corp, The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 Sep. 2023 Other than Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada is largely made up of small towns and open space — and thanks to a myriad of mountain ranges, the elevation of the state tends to be high.—Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 11 Sep. 2023 Shipping tends to be a lot more difficult and expensive when the seas are teeming with mines.—John Gustavsson, National Review, 10 Sep. 2023 And women leaders tend to be younger than their male counterparts.—Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, 9 Sep. 2023 See More
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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
Middle English tenden, shortened from attenden "to attend" or entenden, intenden "to intend"