There are 3 definitions of tender in English:

tender1

Syllabification: ten·der
Pronunciation: /ˈtendər
 
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adjective (tenderer, tenderest)

1Showing gentleness and concern or sympathy: he was being so kind and tender
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  • He took my hand and laid a gentle, tender kiss on it.
  • His kisses were tender and gentle.
  • His voice as tender and gentle as his kiss.
Synonyms
caring, kind, kindly, kindhearted, softhearted, tenderhearted, compassionate, sympathetic, warm, warmhearted, solicitous, fatherly, motherly, maternal, gentle, mild, benevolent, generous, giving, humaneaffectionate, fond, loving, emotional, warm, gentle, soft; amorous, adoring
informal lovey-dovey
1.1 [predicative] (tender of) archaic Solicitous of; concerned for: be tender of a lady’s reputation
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  • I was obliged to lead him about, tender him, and help him.
2(Of food) easy to cut or chew; not tough: tender green beans
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  • The stew was filled with tender meat, beans, barley and carrots.
  • There are fresh fruit juices and tender coconut.
  • Her plate was heaped with several good, thick slices of tasty, tender pork.
Synonyms
easily chewed, chewable, soft; succulent, juicy; tenderized, fork-tender
2.1(Of a plant) easily injured by severe weather and therefore needing protection.
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  • Protect tender plants after the ground freezes with a layer of loose mulch.
  • Set out tender bedding plants such as petunias and marigolds after the last frost of spring.
  • Slightly tender plants need as much wind protection as possible.
Synonyms
delicate, easily damaged, fragile, vulnerable
2.2(Of a part of the body) sensitive to pain: the pale, tender skin of her forearm
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  • She got up, raising her tender body onto her left elbow.
  • A slight splinter can chafe the skin until it is tender and sore.
  • She winced in pain as her sheets slid against her tender skin.
Synonyms
sore, painful, sensitive, inflamed, raw, red, chafed, bruised, irritated; hurting, aching, throbbing, smarting
2.3Young, immature, and vulnerable: at the tender age of five
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  • This young man, at the tender age of 24 years, was the victim of a tragic accident.
  • At the tender age of 25, she is quickly becoming an authority on urban fashion.
  • The teen singer and actress has been in showbusiness since the tender age of nine.
Synonyms
2.4Requiring tact or careful handling: the issue of conscription was a particularly tender one
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  • It was already a very tender and awkward situation.
Synonyms
difficult, delicate, touchy, tricky, awkward, problematic, troublesome, thorny, ticklish; controversial, emotive
informal sticky
2.5 Nautical (Of a ship) leaning or readily inclined to roll in response to the wind.
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  • I would expect the boat to be a bit on the tender side when the wind picks up.
  • Initially the 35.5 is quite tender and quick to heel, so it is important not to overpower the boat with large headsails.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French tendre, from Latin tener 'tender, delicate'.

Phrases

tender mercies

Used ironically to imply that someone cannot be trusted to look after or treat someone else kindly or well: they have abandoned their children to the tender mercies of the social services
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  • Unlike filmstars, crime victims have not submitted themselves to the tender mercies of the press and forfeited any right to privacy.
  • The children will now be entrusted to the tender mercies of their distant cousin.
  • They would leave their wives to the tender mercies of the labour ward while they travelled abroad to watch football.

Derivatives

tenderly

adverb
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  • Few other poets have written so tenderly about the subject.
  • Andy placed his hands tenderly on my shoulders.
  • All these years later, his memories have dimmed, but he speaks tenderly of her.

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There are 3 definitions of tender in English:

tender2

Syllabification: ten·der
Pronunciation: /ˈtendər
 
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verb

[with object]
1Offer or present (something) formally: he tendered his resignation as leader
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  • He formally tendered his resignation to the president the following day.
  • He formally tendered his resignation on reaching the age of 75.
  • The four employees concerned had tendered their resignations.
Synonyms
offer, proffer, present, put forward, propose, suggest, advance, submit, extend, give, render; hand in
1.1Offer (money) as payment: she tendered her fare
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  • A banker's draft had been tendered and refused.
  • Many businesses around the town are sitting targets for tendering counterfeit Euro notes that are currently circulating in large quantities.
1.2 [no object] Make a formal written offer to carry out work, supply goods, or buy land, shares, or another asset for a stated fixed price: firms of interior decorators have been tendering for the work
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  • The new policy sets out clear procedures for religious groups to follow in tendering for land designated for purposes of worshipping.
  • We did prevent British companies from tendering for contracts and supplies.
  • He is part of a consortium tendering for a licence in Scotland.
Synonyms
put in a bid, bid, quote, give an estimate
1.3 [with object] Make a formal offer giving (a stated fixed price): what price should we tender for a contract?
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  • The Danish company tendered the lowest price.
  • The company tendered a €58 million price three years ago, but inflation since then could increase the value of the project.
  • The city entered into a partnership with the company, despite the fact that it tendered the lowest bid.

noun

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An offer to carry out work, supply goods, or buy land, shares, or another asset at a stated fixed price.
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  • The tenders were evaluated on price, experience of the tenderer, methodology, quality and technical merit.
  • The Department of Defence has invited tenders to supply the air force with six new military helicopters.
  • The corporation sought tenders for the land.
Synonyms
bid, offer, quotation, quote, estimate, price; proposal, submission, pitch

Origin

mid 16th century (as a legal term meaning 'formally offer a plea or evidence, or money to discharge a debt', also as a noun denoting such an offer): from Old French tendre, from Latin tendere 'to stretch, hold forth' (see tend1).

Phrases

put something out to tender

Seek offers to carry out work or supply goods at a stated fixed price.
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  • The senior partners had agreed not put the contract out to tender, mainly due to the tight building schedule.
  • The department put a contract out to tender for the supply of newspapers.
  • We are obliged to put our account out to tender.

Derivatives

tenderer

noun
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  • It is not for us to demonstrate to competitive tenderers how much these things might cost.
  • We are now asking tenderers to put forward schemes to give the maximum facilities for the money available.
  • We need to make sure the tenderers have covered all the cost factors.

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There are 3 definitions of tender in English:

tender3

Syllabification: ten·der
Pronunciation: /ˈtendər
 
/

noun

1 [usually in combination or with modifier] A person who looks after someone else or a machine or place: Alexei signaled to one of the engine tenders
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  • Seven minutes later, I heard another bridge tender tell the engineer that our rear lights looked fine, but that we had a door open in the baggage car.
  • The tender on the bridge called our train on the radio to report that one of the doors in the baggage car on the rear of the train was open.
  • All good dives finally come to an end and he surfaces, hooks in hand, beside the branch boat, inflates his BC, slips out of his gear and carefully hands in the hooks to a boat tender.
2A boat used to ferry people and supplies to and from a ship.
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  • You can tie up your own tender at the dinghy docks or go ashore in one of the harbor launches.
  • Some served as motor torpedo boat tenders, battle damage repair ships or aircraft engine repair ships.
  • Re-crewed and supplied by ocean-going tenders, the ships could pursue fish anywhere in the world for months on end without ever visiting a port or even sighting land.
3A railcar coupled to a steam locomotive to carry fuel and water.
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  • On this particular day, my fireman and I had old #19 steamed up, oiled, greased, with a full tender of water and fuel.
  • These near-indestructable Hi-Riser cars were rebuilt in the 1960's from steam locomotive tenders.
  • Two tenders behind are spare water cars for work train service.

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'attendant, nurse'): from tend2 or shortening of attender (see attend).

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