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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to be disposed or inclined in action, operation, or effect to do something:

    The particles tend to unite.

  2. to be disposed toward an idea, emotion, way of thinking, etc.

  3. to lead or conduce, as to some result or condition:

    measures tending to safer working conditions.

  4. to be inclined to or have a tendency toward a particular quality, state, or degree:

    This wine tends toward the sweet side.

  5. (of a course, road, etc.) to lead or be directed in a particular direction (usu. fol. by to, toward, etc.).

Origin of tend:

1300–50; ME < MF tendre < L tendere to stretch, extend, proceed


  1. to attend to by work or services, care, etc.:

    to tend a fire.

  2. to watch over and care for; minister to:

    to tend the sick.

  3. to handle or attend to (a rope).

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  4. (v.i.)to attend by action, care, etc. (usu. fol. by to).

  5. tend on or upon,Archaic. to attend or wait upon; serve.

    Category: Verb Phrase

Origin of tend:

1300–50; ME, aph. var. of attend

Princeton's WordNet

  1. tend, be given, lean, incline, run(verb)

    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"

  2. tend(verb)

    have care of or look after

    "She tends to the children"

  3. tend(verb)

    manage or run

    "tend a store"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. tend(verb)ɛnd

    to be likely to do sth

    I tend to do laundry on the weekend.; People tend to believe that climate change will happen years from now.; She tends not to notice those things.

  2. tendɛnd

    to usually be or behave in a particular way

    His political views tend toward fascism.

  3. tendɛnd

    to take care or look after sb or sth

    a girl tending the goats

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tend(verb)

    to make a tender of; to offer or tender

  2. Tend(verb)

    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

  3. Tend(verb)

    to be attentive to; to note carefully; to attend to

  4. Tend(verb)

    to wait, as attendants or servants; to serve; to attend; -- with on or upon

  5. Tend(verb)

    to await; to expect

  6. Tend(adj)

    to move in a certain direction; -- usually with to or towards

  7. Tend(adj)

    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

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'TEND' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1821

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'TEND' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1012

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'TEND' in Verbs Frequency: #189

Translations for TEND

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to be likely (to do something); to do (something) frequently

Plants tend to die in hot weather; He tends to get angry.

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