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tend1

[tend] /tɛnd/
verb (used without object)
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.:
He tends to be overly optimistic. Her religious philosophy tends toward pantheism.
3.
to lead or conduce, as to some result or resulting condition:
measures tending to improved working conditions; Governments are tending toward democracy.
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 journey, course, road, etc.) to lead or be directed in a particular direction (usually followed by to, toward, etc.):
a path tending toward the beach.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English tenden < Middle French tendre < Latin tendere to stretch, extend, proceed
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British Dictionary definitions for tend toward

tend1

/tɛnd/
verb when intr, usually foll by to or towards
1.
(when transitive, 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
Word Origin
C14: from Old French tendre, from Latin tendere to stretch

tend2

/tɛnd/
verb
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.
(informal, mainly US & Canadian) (intransitive) often foll by to. to pay attention
Word Origin
C14: variant of attend
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Word Origin and History for tend toward
tend
"to incline, to move in a certain direction," c.1350, from O.Fr. tendre "stretch, hold forth, offer" (11c.), from L. tendere "to aim, stretch, extend" (see tenet).
tend
"attend to," early 14c., aphetic of M.E. atenden (see attend).
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