- 1Regularly or frequently behave in a particular way or have a certain characteristic: [no object, with infinitive]: written language tends to be formal her hair tended to come looseMore example sentences
be inclined, be apt, be disposed, be prone, be liable, have a tendency, have a propensity
- People tended not to save email messages.
- We tend not to reapply sun cream frequently enough.
- The primary carer tends frequently to be the mother and therefore the law favours the mother.
- 1.1 (tend to/toward) Be liable to possess or display (a particular characteristic): Walter tended toward corpulence
- 1.2Go or move in a particular direction: the road tends west around small mountainsMore example sentences
- The arguments always tend in the same direction.
- Alan winced at the direction in which his thoughts were tending.
- Who controls events, and in which direction do they tend?
- 1.3 (tend to) Mathematics Approach (a quantity or limit): the Fourier coefficients tend to zeroMore example sentences
- The requirements of perfect competition are that there must be very large, tending to infinite, numbers of producers and of consumers.
- As time tends to infinity both the variance and the total number tends to zero.
Middle English (in the sense 'move or be inclined to move in a certain direction'): from Old French tendre 'stretch, tend', from Latin tendere.
- 1Care for or look after; give one’s attention to: Viola tended plants on the roof [no object]: for two or three months he tended to businessMore example sentences
- She took a keen interest in flowers and plants, tending them with great care and fondness.
- The man next door tends his weeds with care.
- Caring for livestock or tending the land seems an idyllic lifestyle.
- 1.1US Direct or manage; work in: I’ve been tending bar at the airport loungeMore example sentences
- She manages a restaurant downtown and tends bar once a week.
- The two met a decade ago when he was tending bar.
- He still spends his days tending bar, surrounded by smokers.
- 1.2 • archaic Wait on as an attendant or servant.More example sentences
- The suicide bombers believe that a place in paradise awaited him, 70 virgins waiting to tend their every need.
- I will be able to tend upon you regularly for the next week but after that my time will be divided.
Middle English: shortening of attend.