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2 [tend]
verb (used with object)
to attend to by work or services, care, etc.: to tend a fire.
to look after; watch over and care for; minister to or wait on with service: to tend the sick.
Nautical. to handle or attend to (a rope).
verb (used without object)
to attend by action, care, etc. (usually followed by to ).
Verb phrases
tend on/upon, Archaic. to attend or wait upon; minister to; serve: She tended on the sick and dying with infinite compassion.

1300–50; Middle English tenden, aphetic variant of attend

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tend1 (tɛnd)
vb (when intr, usually foll by to or towards)
1.  (when tr, takes an infinitive) to have a general disposition (to do something); be inclined: children tend to prefer sweets to meat
2.  (intr) to have or be an influence (towards a specific result); be conducive: the party atmosphere tends to hilarity
3.  (intr) to go or move (in a particular direction): to tend to the south
[C14: from Old French tendre, from Latin tendere to stretch]

tend2 (tɛnd)
vb (when intr, often foll by to) (often foll by to)
1.  (tr) to care for: to tend wounded soldiers
2.  to attend (to): to tend to someone's needs
3.  (tr) to handle or control: to tend a fire
4.  informal chiefly (US), (Canadian) to pay attention
[C14: variant of attend]

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Word Origin & History

"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).

"attend to," early 14c., aphetic of M.E. atenden (see attend).
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