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Definition of "tend" []

  • To have a tendency: paint that tends toward bubbling and peeling over time. (verb-intransitive)
  • To be disposed or inclined: tends toward exaggeration. (verb-intransitive)
  • To move or extend in a certain direction: Our ship tended northward. (verb-intransitive)
  • To have the care of; watch over; look after: tend a child. (verb-transitive)
  • To manage the activities and transactions of; run: tend bar; tend a store in the owner's absence. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "tend" in a sentence
  • "Patronising dissertations that attempt to lump together all forms of “gender variance” under one term tend to not help."
  • ""The band and the label tend to deal with bootleg shirts on a case by case basis, acknowledging the vast difference between kids screening shirts for friends and professional printing studios screening shirts for profit."
  • "People who use that term tend to start talking gibberish, without intending to."