tend
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tend (tends, present participle tending; past and past participle tended)

  1. (legal, Old English law) To make a tender of; to offer or tender.
  2. (followed by a to-infinitive) To be likely, or probable to do something, or to have a certain habit or leaning. [from the mid-14th c.]
    They tend to go out on Saturdays.
    It tends to snow here in winter.
  3. (intransitive) To contribute to or toward some outcome.
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tend (tends, present participle tending; past and past participle tended)

  1. (with to) To look after (e.g. an ill person.) [from the early 14th c.]
    We need to tend to the garden, which has become a mess.
  2. To accompany as an assistant or protector; to care for the wants of; to look after; to watch; to guard.
    Shepherds tend their flocks.
    • 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.
  3. To wait (upon), as attendants or servants; to serve; to attend.
    • c. 1603–1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of King Lear”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene i]:
      Was he not companion with the riotous knights / That tend upon my father?
  4. (obsolete) To await; to expect.
  5. (obsolete) 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.
  6. (transitive, nautical) To manage (an anchored vessel) when the tide turns, to prevent it from entangling the cable when swinging.
Synonyms Translations
  • German: sorgen für
  • Italian: avere cura di, accudire, curare, dedicarsi
  • Portuguese: cuidar de
  • Russian: уха́живать
  • Spanish: cuidar de, ver por, velar por
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tend (tends, present participle tending; past and past participle tended)

  1. (transitive, now chiefly dialectal) To kindle; ignite; set on fire; light; inflame; burn.
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