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 Club 100, long closed, stands across an untended garden from the main residential blocks, a row of concrete, modernist style buildings faced with marble at their base. New York Times, 4 May 2022 For more than a century, the slave cemetery at Mount Vernon was left untended; bushes and weeds obscured the 1929 marker. Jill Abramson, The New Yorker, 7 Mar. 2022 Diachenko and Vickery found massive quantities of untended data, including passport data and Social Security Numbers, scattered across the web. Cezary Podkul, ProPublica, 25 Jan. 2022 No one seemed to know for sure, but rumor had it that deep inside the 10 acres of dark, untended woods on the church property, a stream might flow. Erika Page, The Christian Science Monitor, 12 July 2021 This spring, some untended gardens are testaments to that loss. BostonGlobe.com, 22 May 2021 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, 8 May 2021 The untended seeds are especially a problem on family pets. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 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, 5 Mar. 2021 See More

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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 13 Aug. 2022.

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