Definition of Tend in English :

Define Tend in English

Tend meaning in English

Meaning of Tend in English

Pronunciation of Tend in English

Tend pronunciation in English

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1. be given, incline, lean, run, tend

have a tendency or disposition to do or be something; be inclined

Example Sentences:
'She tends to be nervous before her lectures'
'These dresses run small'
'He inclined to corpulence'

2. tend

have care of or look after

Example Sentences:
'She tends to the children'

3. tend

manage or run

Example Sentences:
'tend a store'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of tend
verb (when intr, usually foll by to or towards)
1. (when tr, takes an infinitive)
to have a general disposition (to do something); be inclined
children tend to prefer sweets to meat
2. (intransitive)
to have or be an influence (towards a specific result); be conducive
the party atmosphere tends to hilarity
3. (intransitive)
to go or move (in a particular direction)
to tend to the south
1. (transitive)
to care for
to tend wounded soldiers
2. (when intr, often foll by to)
to attend (to)
to tend to someone's needs
3. (transitive)
to handle or control
to tend a fire
4. (intransitive; often foll by to) informal, mainly US and Canadian
to pay attention

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verb transitive
to take care of; minister to; watch over; look after; attend to
to tend plants or animals, to tend the sick
to be in charge of or at work at; manage or operate
to tend a store
3.  Nautical
to be on the alert to keep (a rope, diver's air line, etc.) from fouling
verb intransitive
to pay attention; attend
verb intransitive
to be directed; proceed or extend
the road tends south
to have an inclination, tendency, bias, etc. to do something; incline
tending to overeat
to lead or be directed (to or toward a specified result)

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see synonyms of tend
intr.v. tend·ed, tend·ing, tends
1. To have a tendency: paint that tends toward bubbling and peeling over time.
2. To be disposed or inclined: tends toward exaggeration.
3. To move or extend in a certain direction: Our ship tended northward.
v. tend·ed, tend·ing, tends
1. To have the care of; watch over; look after: tend a child.
2. To manage the activities and transactions of; run: tend bar; tend a store in the owner's absence.
1. To be an attendant or servant.
2. To apply one's attention; attend: no time to tend to my diary.

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