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Meaning of TEND

Pronunciation:  tend

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  manage or run; "tend a store"
  2. [v]  have care of or look after; "She tends to the children"
  3. [v]  have a tendency or disposition to do or be something; be inclined; "She tends to be nervous before her lectures"; "These dresses run small"; "He inclined to corpulence"

TEND is a 4 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: be given, incline, lean, run
 See Also: attend, be, garden, gravitate, look, mind, see, shepherd, stoke, suffer, take care, take kindly to



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Tend\, v. t. [See {Tender} to offer.] (O. Eng. Law)
    To make a tender of; to offer or tender. [Obs.]
  2. \Tend\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Tended}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Tending}.] [Aphetic form of attend. See {Attend}, {Tend} to
    move, and cf. {Tender} one that tends or attends.]
    1. To accompany as an assistant or protector; to care for the
       wants of; to look after; to watch; to guard; as, shepherds
       tend their flocks. --Shak.
             And flaming ministers to watch and tend Their
             earthly charge.                       --Milton.
             There 's not a sparrow or a wren, There 's not a
             blade of autumn grain, Which the four seasons do not
             tend And tides of life and increase lend. --Emerson.
    2. To be attentive to; to note carefully; to attend to.
             Being to descend A ladder much in height, I did not
             tend My way well down.                --Chapman.
    {To tend a vessel} (Naut.), to manage an anchored vessel when
       the tide turns, so that in swinging she shall not entangle
       the cable.
  3. \Tend\, v. i.
    1. To wait, as attendants or servants; to serve; to attend;
       -- with on or upon.
             Was he not companion with the riotous knights That
             tend upon my father?                  --Shak.
    2. [F. attendre.] To await; to expect. [Obs.] --Shak.
  4. \Tend\, v. i. [F. tendre, L. tendere, tensum and tentum, to
    stretch, extend, direct one's course, tend; akin to Gr. ? to
    stretch, Skr. tan. See {Thin}, and cf. {Tend} to attend,
    {Contend}, {Intense}, {Ostensible}, {Portent}, {Tempt},
    {Tender} to offer, {Tense}, a.]
    1. To move in a certain direction; -- usually with to or
             Two gentlemen tending towards that sight. --Sir H.
             Thus will this latter, as the former world, Still
             tend from bad to worse.               --Milton.
             The clouds above me to the white Alps tend. --Byron.
    2. To be directed, as to any end, object, or purpose; to aim;
       to have or give a leaning; to exert activity or influence;
       to serve as a means; to contribute; as, our petitions, if
       granted, might tend to our destruction.
             The thoughts of the diligent tend only to
             plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only
             to want.                              --Prov. xxi.
             The laws of our religion tend to the universal
             happiness of mankind.                 --Tillotson.