Definitions for: Tend

[v] manage or run; "tend a store"
[v] have care of or look after; "She tends to the children"
[v] 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"

Webster (1913) Definition: Tend, v. t. [See Tender to offer.] (O. Eng. Law)
To make a tender of; to offer or tender. [Obs.]

Tend, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tended; p. pr. & vb. n.
Tending.] [Aphetic form of attend. See Attend, Tend to
move, and cf. Tender one that tends or attends.]
1. 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. --Shak.

And flaming ministers to watch and tend Their
earthly charge. --Milton.

There 's not a sparrow or a wren, There 's not a
blade of autumn grain, Which the four seasons do not
tend And tides of life and increase lend. --Emerson.

2. To be attentive to; to note carefully; to attend to.

Being to descend A ladder much in height, I did not
tend My way well down. --Chapman.

To tend a vessel (Naut.), to manage an anchored vessel when
the tide turns, so that in swinging she shall not entangle
the cable.

Tend, v. i.
1. To wait, as attendants or servants; to serve; to attend;
-- with on or upon.

Was he not companion with the riotous knights That
tend upon my father? --Shak.

2. [F. attendre.] To await; to expect. [Obs.] --Shak.

Tend, v. i. [F. tendre, L. tendere, tensum and tentum, to
stretch, extend, direct one's course, tend; akin to Gr. ? to
stretch, Skr. tan. See Thin, and cf. Tend to attend,
Contend, Intense, Ostensible, Portent, Tempt,
Tender to offer, Tense, a.]
1. To move in a certain direction; -- usually with to or

Two gentlemen tending towards that sight. --Sir H.

Thus will this latter, as the former world, Still
tend from bad to worse. --Milton.

The clouds above me to the white Alps tend. --Byron.

2. 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.

The thoughts of the diligent tend only to
plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only
to want. --Prov. xxi.

The laws of our religion tend to the universal
happiness of mankind. --Tillotson.

Synonyms: be given, incline, lean, run

See Also: attend, be, garden, gravitate, look, mind, see, shepherd, stoke, suffer, take care, take kindly to

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