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 Instead, residents came to council member Tennell Atkins’ district office Saturday morning with a list of demands meant to address decades-old wounds left untended. Robert Wilonsky, Dallas News, "In a ‘rural’ SE Dallas neighborhood, worry over 100 new homes, rotten streets and broken promises," 18 Feb. 2020 Dressed in oversized clothes, wearing her hair in the long, untended style her mother favors, Old Dolio has the vocal mannerisms and body language of an outcast teenage boy. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Kajillionaire': Film Review | Sundance 2020," 26 Jan. 2020 But the memory of those who died has largely gone untended in Chamonix. The Economist, "Death in the Alps," 20 Dec. 2019 Since July, hundreds of people have fled the area for the capital Niamey or other nearby towns, the sources said, leaving their cattle and houses untended and unguarded. NBC News, "Attack by Islamist extremists kills at least 71 soldiers in Niger," 12 Dec. 2019 In the backyard was a mango grove, unkempt, untended. Krishna Jha And Dhirendra K. Jha, Quartz India, "The night of 1949 when a Ram idol suddenly appeared inside Babri Masjid and changed history," 10 Nov. 2019 Pokeweed, a thug by summer’s end, is already eight feet tall in untended areas. Washington Post, "Heavy rains can damage a vegetable garden — but the gardener can protect it," 24 July 2019 Aurore stopped at one of them, making her way through its untended lawn to the front door. Zoey Poll, The New Yorker, "In France, Elder Care Comes with the Mail," 9 Oct. 2019 It is definitely considered an invasive species, undesirable due to its fast-growth, preference for disturbed, untended sites, and ability to spread thousands of seeds each year. oregonlive, "Ask an expert: Mistletoe can be considered a pest, but it’s helpful to wildlife," 29 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of untended

1598, in the meaning defined above

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“Untended.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/untended. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of untended

: not watched and taken care of

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