un·​tend·​ed | \ ˌən-ˈten-dəd How to pronounce untended (audio) \

Definition of untended

: not managed, minded, or watched over : not tended a stove that was left untended an untended garden

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Recent Examples on the Web For a world that's grown numb to wave after wave of infection, the images of patients dying due to a lack of oxygen while others lie untended on the floor are a brutal reminder that this pandemic is far from over. David Mckenzie, CNN, "Countries in Africa fear they could become the next India as vaccine supplies dwindle," 8 May 2021 The untended seeds are especially a problem on family pets. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "Why hollies are a great choice to replace freeze-damaged xylosma, oleander, boxwood, loquats, dwarf pittosporum and viburnum," 30 Apr. 2021 Individual health requires public health, and those engaged with the latter have been underfunded and untended for too long. Jonathan Zittrain, STAT, "Using a collective ‘virtuous cycle’ to break the pandemic," 5 Mar. 2021 These days, his officers guard against burglaries in closed, untended storefronts. New York Times, "The Epicenter," 3 Dec. 2020 The untended ballots in Clark County might be the result of 75,000 virtually inactive voters who will receive ballots after the county registrar missed a deadline to remove them from the roll. Morgan Phillips, Fox News, "Nevada U.S. attorney announces ‘district election officer’ to handle growing concerns of election fraud," 17 Oct. 2020 What began as a lordly duty to protect eventually extended beyond caring for the lame, beyond the untended child. Melissa Chadburn, The New York Review of Books, "‘Hansel and Gretel’ in LA County," 27 Aug. 2020 Crops were going untended; paralysis began to settle on the hills ... Jenni Marsh, CNN, "Hong Kong has more skyscrapers than nearly any city. But 60 years ago, tigers were still seen in the wild," 15 Aug. 2020 The 5-acre farm was covered with overgrown, untended Bartlett pear trees, prompting Lawlor to approach the farm's owners, Dale and Marcia Gillingham, about helping. Beth Graham, Saveur, "This Orcas Island Jam Company Transforms Local Plums into Vibrant Seasonal Preserves," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of untended

1598, in the meaning defined above

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12 May 2021

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“Untended.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/untended. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of untended

: not watched and taken care of

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