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 Business email accounts also tend to be better secured than personal ones by default. Davey Winder, Forbes, 1 Aug. 2022 Investors and traders tend to be forward-looking, and recession fears helped trigger a roughly 20% slide in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index during the first half of 2022, as investors anticipated that activity was cooling. Russ Wiles, The Arizona Republic, 31 July 2022 Analysts tend to be more bullish than bearish, particularly for new companies that big investment banks helped bring public. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, 29 July 2022 Lunar scientists tend to be of two minds about the prospect of cheap, frequent private flights to the moon. Rebecca Boyle, Scientific American, 28 July 2022 Fools tend to be shape-shifters who thrive at thresholds and boundaries. Wired, 28 July 2022 Combo shampoo-conditioners, serum-moisturizers, mask-cleansers—all tend to be better at one side of the hyphen than the other. Kareem Rashed, Robb Report, 28 July 2022 Many of the practices in Celestial churches tend to be ritualistic. Elizabeth Ayoola, Essence, 28 July 2022 But intentional rosés tend to be more vibrant and expressive. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, 28 July 2022 See More

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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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3 Aug 2022

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“Tend.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tend. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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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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