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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.
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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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