- 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 tend
Tend to your own garden, to quote the great sage of free speech, Voltaire, and invite people to follow your example.How the PC Police Threaten Free Speech
January 9, 2015
We tend to think not, but the rise of King, Kennedy, and Lincoln was unlikely, too.No Gods, No Cops, No Masters
January 1, 2015
When time passes and things remain relatively quiet in the United States, Americans tend to think the problem has been solved.Pakistani School Killers Want to Strike the U.S.
Sami Yousafzai, Christopher Dickey
December 17, 2014
The same applies to other visual cues that tend to go unremarked.Afghanistan, We Hardly Knew You
December 8, 2014
Anti-abortion organizations tend to tend to propagate the idea that the procedure is dangerous and unproven.Abortion Complications Are Rare, No Matter What the Right Says
December 8, 2014
Shaw said she we can tend to everything all right so maybe I will come.The Bacillus of Beauty
"You 'tend to your own business," cried the thoroughly enraged farmer.In the Midst of Alarms
Have you no ears, or no conscience, not to tend the sick better?Joseph Andrews Vol. 1
"You 'tend to your own troubles," returned the other, with an imitation of liveliness.The Gentleman From Indiana
My poor Gurard, who had helped me to tend my sister, was in bed ill with phlebitis.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 tend
"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).