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Definitions of tend

  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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. manage or run; "tend a store" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. have care of or look after; "She tends to the children" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. To make a tender of; to offer or tender. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To be attentive to; to note carefully; to attend to. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To await; to expect. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. To wait, as attendants or servants; to serve; to attend; - with on or upon. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. To move in a certain direction; - usually with to or towards. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. To care for; attend; protect. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  12. To attend: with on or upon; go in a certain direction; be directed, or be an influence, to any end. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  13. To accompany as assistant or protector: to take care of. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  14. To stretch, aim at, or move in a certain direction: to be directed to any end or purpose: to contribute. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  15. To aim at; move in a certain direction; have an inclination to; contribute. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  16. To attend; take care of. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  17. To have a bent or aptitude; aim; incline. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  18. To move in a certain direction. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  19. To look after; watch over; attend; serve. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  20. To watch; to guard; to accompany as assistant or protector; to take care of; to be attentive to; to cause a vessel to swing, at single anchor, so as not to foul. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  21. To move in a certain direction; to be directed to an end or purpose; to aim at; to contribute. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  22. To attend, or be attentive to; to watch; to accompany; to hold and take care of. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  23. To move in a certain direction; to be directed to any end or purpose; to have a leaning; to contribute; to aim. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  24. To wait, as attendants or servants; to serve; to attend; -- with on or upon. mso.anu.edu.au
  25. To move in a certain direction; -- usually with to or towards. mso.anu.edu.au
  26. To wait, as attendants or servants; to serve; to attend; with on or upon. dictgcide_fs
  27. To move in a certain direction; usually with to or towards. dictgcide_fs
  28. tend, v.t. to accompany as assistant or protector: to take care of, to be attentive to, to wait upon so as to execute.--ns. TEN'DANCE (Spens.), state of expectation: (Shak.) act of waiting or tending, also persons attendant; TEN'DER, a small vessel that attends a larger with stores, &c.: a carriage attached to locomotives to supply fuel and water. [Contracted from attend.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  29. tend, v.i. to stretch, aim at, move, or incline in a certain direction: to be directed to any end or purpose: to contribute.--n. TEN'DENCY, direction, object, or result to which anything tends: inclination: drift. [Fr. tendre--L. tend[)e]re; Gr. teinein, to stretch.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  30. Be moving, be directed, hold a course, lit. & fig., as tends in our direction, downwards, this way, towards the coast, to the same conclusion; be apt or inclined, serve, conduce, (to action, quality, &c., to do). [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  31. Take care of, look after, (flocks, invalid, machine; wait upon; (Naut.) watch (ship at anchor) so as to keep turns out of her cable. So tendance n. (archaic). Concise Oxford Dictionary

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