- to be disposed or inclined in action, operation, or effect to do something: The particles tend to unite.
- to be disposed toward an idea, emotion, way of thinking, etc.: He tends to be overly optimistic. Her religious philosophy tends toward pantheism.
- to lead or conduce, as to some result or resulting condition: measures tending to improved working conditions; Governments are tending toward democracy.
- to be inclined to or have a tendency toward a particular quality, state, or degree: This wine tends toward the sweet side.
- (of a journey, course, road, etc.) to lead or be directed in a particular direction (usually followed by to, toward, etc.): a path tending toward the beach.
Origin of tend1
- 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).
- to attend by action, care, etc. (usually followed by to).
- tend on/upon, Archaic. to attend or wait upon; minister to; serve: She tended on the sick and dying with infinite compassion.
Origin of tend2
Examples from the Web for tended
He tended to shield himself from disappointment by expecting the worst—of people and of his country.How Richard Pryor Beat Bill Cosby and Transformed America
David Yaffe, Scott Saul
December 10, 2014
They felt confident of victory (and I tended to agree) and were talking about next steps.RFRA Madness: What’s Next for Anti-Democratic ‘Religious Exemptions’
November 16, 2014
There were also “NASCAR moms” and “soccer moms,” other designations that tended to favor Republicans, as do married women today.Dems Desperately Seeking the Gender Gap
October 28, 2014
Sanger felt, to the contrary, that it was the nonacademic masses who tended to be annoying.You Can Look It Up: The Wikipedia Story
October 19, 2014
I got the shot across the bow at the beginning, and I knew from his history that he tended to be very litigious.A Full-Length Bill Cosby Portrait: From Track Star to Ugly Sweaters
September 24, 2014
Emilia looked as innocent as when Hope had tended her in the cradle.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
In the cave he made her a second couch, and tended her assiduously.
Then she added: "The cave where you tended her—where is it?"
He was daily tended by Norah, and received all his meals from her.Johnny Bear
E. T. Seton
I had tended her day and night, and this, in addition to the grief I was suffering, made me anaemic.My Double Life
- (when tr, takes an infinitive) to have a general disposition (to do something); be inclinedchildren tend to prefer sweets to meat
- (intr) to have or be an influence (towards a specific result); be conducivethe party atmosphere tends to hilarity
- (intr) to go or move (in a particular direction)to tend to the south
- (tr) to care forto tend wounded soldiers
- (when intr, often foll by to) to attend (to)to tend to someone's needs
- (tr) to handle or controlto tend a fire
- (intr often foll by to) informal, mainly US and Canadian to pay attention
Word Origin and History for tended
"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).