AskDefine | Define tend

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1 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" [syn: be given, lean, incline, run]
2 have care of or look after; "She tends to the children"
3 manage or run; "tend a store"

User Contributed Dictionary



(3) From tendre.



  1. To make a tender of; to offer or tender.
  2. To look after (e.g. an ill person.)
  3. (Followed by to infinitive.) Be likely, or probable to do something, or to have a certain characteristic.
    They tend to go out on Saturdays.
    It tends to snow here in winter.

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Derived terms


To make a tender of; to offer or tender
To look after
To be probable or likely



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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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