Thesaurus

tends

verb (1)
present tense third-person singular of tend

Synonyms & Antonyms of tends

(Entry 1 of 2)

to show a liking or proneness (for something)
  • her wardrobe tends toward dark colors and heavy fabrics

Synonyms for tends

Words Related to tends

Near Antonyms for tends

tends

verb (2)
present tense third-person singular of tend

Synonyms & Antonyms of tends (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to take charge of especially on behalf of another
  • tend the store while I run an errand

Synonyms for tends

Words Related to tends

Phrases Synonymous with tends

Near Antonyms for tends

2 to look after or assist the growth of by labor and care
  • lately I haven't been doing a good job of tending my garden

Synonyms for tends

Words Related to tends

Near Antonyms for tends

3 to work by plowing, sowing, and raising crops on
  • plots that during the war were tended by city dwellers as vegetable gardens

Synonyms for tends

Words Related to tends

4 to look after and make decisions about
  • the dying patriarch wondered who would tend the family business after he was gone

Synonyms for tends

Words Related to tends

Phrases Synonymous with tends

See the Dictionary Definition 

Learn More About tends

Thesaurus Entries Near tends

tending (to)

tends

tends (to)

See More Nearby Entries 

Cite this Entry

“Tends.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/tends. Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on tends

Nglish: Translation of tends for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of tends for Arabic Speakers

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Flower Edition

True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!