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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

tend2

[tend] /tɛnd/
verb (used with object)
1.
to attend to by work or services, care, etc.:
to tend a fire.
2.
to look after; watch over and care for; minister to or wait on with service:
to tend the sick.
3.
Nautical. to handle or attend to (a rope).
verb (used without object)
4.
to attend by action, care, etc. (usually followed by to).
Verb phrases
5.
tend on/upon, Archaic. to attend or wait upon; minister to; serve:
She tended on the sick and dying with infinite compassion.
Origin
1300-50; Middle English tenden, aphetic variant of attend
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  • Close friends or relatives are in almost constant contact with each other, tending to share experiences as they happen.
  • As he prepared to move to a rural setting, visions of tending a lush garden directed him to the library to learn how.
  • My agrarian farm life goes that way, the animals shift their circadian rhythms and times of tending them shift too, accordingly.
  • The historic interior and exterior need tending once again, to modernize utility systems and shore up walls and roofs.
  • tending the plants doing phytoremediation comes to about a nickel a cubic meter.
  • The womb may not return to its natural size, but remain large and heavy, tending to fall away from its natural position.
  • The mere big-game butcher is tending to disappear as a type.
British Dictionary definitions for tending

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 tending

tend

v.

"to incline, to move in a certain direction," mid-14c., from Old French tendre "stretch, hold forth, offer" (11c.), from Latin tendere "to aim, stretch, extend" (see tenet).

"attend to," early 14c., a shortening of Middle English atenden (see attend).

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