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[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
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English tenden, aphetic variant of attend
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British Dictionary definitions for tending upon

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 upon

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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