There are 2 main definitions of tend in English:

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tend1

Syllabification: tend
Pronunciation: /tend
 
/

verb

[no object]
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 loose
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
be inclined, be apt, be disposed, be prone, be liable, have a tendency, have a propensity
1.1 (tend to/toward) Be liable to possess or display (a particular characteristic): Walter tended toward corpulence
More example sentences
  • Too many of the characterizations tend towards the stereotypical.
  • His other stories tend towards an intentional fuzziness.
  • The script tends towards melodrama.
Synonyms
incline, lean, gravitate, move;
prefer, favor, trend
1.2Go or move in a particular direction: the road tends west around small mountains
More 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 zero
More 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.

Origin

Middle English (in the sense 'move or be inclined to move in a certain direction'): from Old French tendre 'stretch, tend', from Latin tendere.

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There are 2 main definitions of tend in English:

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tend2

Syllabification: tend
Pronunciation: /tend
 
/

verb

[with object]
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 business
More 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.
Synonyms
look after, take care of, care for, minister to, attend to, see to, wait on;
watch over, keep an eye on, mind, protect, watch, guard, supervise;
nurse, nurture, cherish
1.1US Direct or manage; work in: I’ve been tending bar at the airport lounge
More 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.
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.

Origin

Middle English: shortening of attend.

Derivatives

tendance

1
Pronunciation: /ˈtendəns/
noun
( archaic )
Example sentences
  • The plants are safely in the ground now where I will let nature take its course rather than watch them wither in their pots under my tendance.

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