un·tend·ed | \ˌən-ˈten-dəd \

Definition of untended 

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

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My mother, alone and untended for the first time in her life, in need of a good match, laughing at...jokes? refinery29.com, "Who Is Camille's Father In Sharp Objects?," 9 July 2018 Healthy-seeming bees would simply fly away and never come back, leaving behind combs full of honey and a dying, untended queen. Thor Hanson, WSJ, "The Plight of the Humble Bee," 29 June 2018 Nearly two million others have abandoned their homes and remain scattered around the country, leaving behind ghost towns and untended fields. Megan Specia And Kassie Bracken, New York Times, "In South Sudan, a Never-Ending Hunger Season Puts Millions in Danger," 30 May 2018 Old regulars are familiar with the wall’s past, and comic book scholars make occasional pilgrimages to the bar, but the Overlook’s cartoon mural remains largely unknown and untended. Alex Vadukul, New York Times, "The Sistine Chapel of Comic-Strip Art," 11 May 2018 Offenses include untended sidewalks, overgrown grass and weeds, damaged building exteriors and excessive signage. Aaron Randle, kansascity, "That ugly gas station is hurting your neighborhood. Here’s how to fix the problem | The Kansas City Star," 4 Mar. 2018 Landscaping is reduced to untended shrubs and patches of gravel, dirt and malnourished lawn. Aaron Randle, kansascity, "That ugly gas station is hurting your neighborhood. Here’s how to fix the problem | The Kansas City Star," 4 Mar. 2018 The yard at Dina’s house is brown and untended; a play set that once belonged to Max sits in the sun unused. Sean Elder, Town & Country, "The Mysterious Deaths That Rocked a Wealthy Southern California Enclave," 21 Nov. 2017 Dean steals cars where the others are scarcely capable of filching a loaf of bread from an untended grocery. Lily Rothman, Time, "Read TIME's Original 1957 Review of On the Road," 5 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of untended

1598, in the meaning defined above

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