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tend

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verb \ˈtend\

Definition of tend

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to exhibit an inclination or tendency :  conduce tends to be optimistic

  3. 2 :  to move, direct, or develop one's course in a particular direction cannot tell where society is tending

Origin and Etymology of tend

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


First Known Use: 14th century


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tend

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Definition of tend

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to pay attention :  apply oneself tend to your own affairs tend to our correspondence

  3. 2 :  to act as an attendant :  serve tended to his wife

  4. 3 archaic :  listen

  5. 4 obsolete :  await

  6. transitive verb
  7. 1a :  to apply oneself to the care of :  watch over tended her sick fatherb :  to have or take charge of as a caretaker or overseer tend the sheepc :  cultivate, fosterd :  to manage the operations of :  mind tend the store tend the fire

  8. 2 :  to stand by (something, such as a rope) in readiness to prevent mischance (such as fouling)

  9. 3 archaic :  to attend as a servant

Origin and Etymology of tend

Middle English, short for attenden to attend


First Known Use: 14th century



TEND Defined for Kids

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tend

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verb \ˈtend\

Definition of tend for Students

tended

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tending

  1. 1 :  to take care of She tends the garden.

  2. 2 :  to pay attention You should tend to business.

  3. 3 :  to manage the operation of Who's tending the store?


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tend

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verb

Definition of tend for Students

tended

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tending

  1. 1 :  to be likely She tends to sleep late.

  2. 2 :  to move or turn in a certain direction The road tends to the right.



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