Definitions of tend

  1.   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.   manage or run tend a store
  3.   have care of or look after She tends to the children
  4.   To make a tender of to offer or tender
  5.   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
  6.   To be attentive to to note carefully to attend to
  7.   To await to expect
  8.   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
  9.   To wait as attendants or servants to serve to attend with on or upon
  10.   To move in a certain direction usually with to or towards
  11.   To care for attend protect
  12.   To attend with on or upon go in a certain direction be directed or be an influence to any end
  13.   To accompany as assistant or protector to take care of
  14.   To stretch aim at or move in a certain direction to be directed to any end or purpose to contribute
  15.   To aim at move in a certain direction have an inclination to contribute
  16.   To attend take care of
  17.   To have a bent or aptitude aim incline
  18.   To move in a certain direction
  19.   To look after watch over attend serve
  20.   To watch to guard to accompany as assistant or protector to take care of to be attentive to to cause a vessel to swing at single anchor so as not to foul
  21.   To move in a certain direction to be directed to an end or purpose to aim at to contribute
  22.   To attend or be attentive to to watch to accompany to hold and take care of
  23.   To move in a certain direction to be directed to any end or purpose to have a leaning to contribute to aim

Quotes of tend

  1. Fans tend to get too excited by streaks of either kind and I think the press does too There should be a happy medium – Walt Alston
  2. I think the character does tend to suit an episodic thing because what's fun about him is that he doesn't care about anyone else and it's very difficult for a main character a lead character in a movie to not care about anybody else – Rowan Atkinson
  3. I work hard and I tend to play hard I very seldom rest hard – Jacqueline Bisset
  4. This means that the search for a formula of European cooperation in connection with the League of Nations far from weakening the authority of this latter must and can only tend to strengthen it for it is closely connected with its aims – Aristide Briand
  5. Our national drug is alcohol We tend to regard the use any other drug with special horror – William S. Burroughs
  6. I have had strange animals as pets all my life I was shy growing up and shy people tend to interact better with animals than people Animals are direct not duplicitous – Yvonne Craig
  7. Indeed it can be argued that to make a powerful film you must care about the subject therefore powerful films tend to be both political and partisan in nature – Ben Edwards
  8. The actors nowadays both young men and young ladies don't always wear their period clothes as well as they might They tend to stomp around a bit in them – Julie Harris
  9. Local companies don't have to internalize their costs and few actually do but they tend to more often because the owners live there and they have to show their face in town and their kids play with other kids – Paul Hawken
  10. Against the dark background of this contemporary civilization of well -being even the arts tend to mingle to lose their identity – Eugenio Montale
  11. I tend to arrive in the rehearsal process with very strongly developed ideas about what I want to do But I don't like those ideas to be things that are not subject to change or subject to development or subject to challenge – Trevor Nunn
  12. I tend not to know what the plot is or the story is or even the theme Those things come later for me – Michael Ondaatje
  13. Myths which are believed in tend to become true – George Orwell
  14. Pets like their owners tend to expand a little over the Christmas period – Frances Wright

Usage examples for tend

  1. There is nothing they would shrink from if my poor grandfather oh I cannot bear to think of myself when I ought to think of him only dying without a son to tend him or a daughter to shed a tear – Lorna Doone, A Romance of Exmoor by R. D. Blackmore
  2. The modern established rule was that generally they are not contraband but may become so under circumstances arising out of the peculiar situation of the war or the condition of the parties engaged in it among the causes which tend to prevent provisions from being treated as contraband one is that they are of the growth of the country which exports them – The Laws Of War, Affecting Commerce And Shipping by H. Byerley Thomson
  3. “ 538 The various branches of knowledge always tend as a whole to stray away from life and return thither only by a roundabout way – Maxims and Reflections by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  4. You will soon he said and looked at her laughingly have something better than your flowers to tend little Ditlinde ” – Royal Highness by Thomas Mann
  5. It may not have liked being roused so early in the morning and David Brewster was not by to tend it under Tom's careful directions ” – Madge Morton's Trust by Amy D. V. Chalmers
  6. So Abby went away to the West to tend her sister and Jacques and Marie De Arthenay began their life together – Marie by Laura E. Richards
  7. “ Hannah was left quite alone to keep watch and to tend the fire her heart in her mouth jumping and starting at every shadow cast by the flames ” – Hillsboro People by Dorothy Canfield
  8. “ I will tend upon you watch over you bear with you with more than the love and tenderness of a brother – Pelham, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton Last Updated: March 16, 2009
  9. Suffer me now to tend this wound of yours – Moon of Israel by H. Rider Haggard
  10. “ I ask whether these stories in any way enter into your life become part of you and tend to make you a more useful woman – The Inside of the Cup, Complete by Winston Churchill Last Updated: March 5, 2009
  11. But when we were at anchor off Oneeheow the current set nearly north west and south east six hours one way and six the other and so strong as to make the ships tend though the wind blew fresh – A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 16 by Robert Kerr
  12. “ There's plenty cooked in the cupboard for your dinner and Mrs Saggs will tend to Mother's tea when the time comes – Georgina of the Rainbows by Annie Fellows Johnston
  13. They did not stay to inquire what he had done or indeed to think whether his action would tend to further any scheme of their own it was enough that he had shown defiance to the powers that be – Princess Maritza by Percy Brebner
  14. If then the measure of sending children home should tend in the least to favor this destructive notion it must if possible be avoided – Thoughts on Missions by Sheldon Dibble
  15. The true wife he says should possess such qualities as will tend to make home as much as may be a place of repose – Character by Samuel Smiles
  16. He must at any rate prevent the growth of those powers which tend towards the savage state – Thoughts on Educational Topics and Institutions by George S. Boutwell
  17. All the names of Germany would tend to come to England but if Anglo Saxon England made any names on her own account they would not go back to Germany ” – Surnames as a Science by Robert Ferguson
  18. “ I helped her tend store – Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue Keeping Store by Laura Lee Hope
  19. Would that I could be there also said Elsa but I tend his mother who is very sick so sick that I do not know whether she will live or die – Lysbeth A Tale Of The Dutch by H. Rider Haggard
  20. Thine is every vain desire Yet the bees that never tire They can serve and tend thee well The busy storers of the cell – Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers by Various

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