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tender

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[ ten-der ]
/ 藞t蓻n d蓹r /
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adjective, ten路der路er, ten路der路est.
noun
Usually ten路ders .
  1. a strip of chicken meat loosely attached to the underside of each breast half, along the breastbone.
  2. a boneless and skinless strip of chicken cut from the breast or thigh.
verb (used with object)
to make tender: He tendered the meat in his special marinade before throwing it on the grill.
Archaic. to regard or treat tenderly.
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Origin of tender

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First recorded in 1175鈥1225; Middle English, variant of tendre, from Old French, from Latin tenerum, accusative of tener 鈥渢ender鈥

OTHER WORDS FROM tender

ten路der路ly, adverbten路der路ness, nounself-ten路der路ness, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH tender

tender , tenor, tenure

Other definitions for tender (2 of 3)

tender2
[ ten-der ]
/ 藞t蓻n d蓹r /

verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
to make or submit a bid (often followed by for).
noun

Origin of tender

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First recorded in 1535鈥45; earlier tendre, noun use of Anglo-French tendre 鈥渢o extend, offer鈥; see tend1

synonym study for tender

1. See offer.

OTHER WORDS FROM tender

ten路der路er, noun

Other definitions for tender (3 of 3)

tender3
[ ten-der ]
/ 藞t蓻n d蓹r /

noun
a person who tends; a person who attends to or takes charge of someone or something.
an auxiliary ship employed to attend one or more other ships, as for supplying provisions.
a dinghy carried or towed by a yacht.
Railroads. a car attached to a steam locomotive for carrying fuel and water.

Origin of tender

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First recorded in 1425鈥75; late Middle English; originally a variant of attender; see tend2, -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for tender (1 of 3)

tender1
/ (藞t蓻nd蓹) /

adjective
verb
(tr) rare
  1. to make tender
  2. to treat tenderly

Derived forms of tender

tenderly, adverbtenderness, noun

Word Origin for tender

C13: from Old French tendre, from Latin tener delicate

British Dictionary definitions for tender (2 of 3)

tender2
/ (藞t蓻nd蓹) /

verb
(tr) to give, present, or offerto tender one's resignation; tender a bid
(intr foll by for) to make a formal offer or estimate for (a job or contract)
(tr) law to offer (money or goods) in settlement of a debt or claim
noun
the act or an instance of tendering; offer
commerce a formal offer to supply specified goods or services at a stated cost or rate
something, esp money, used as an official medium of paymentlegal tender

Derived forms of tender

tenderable, adjectivetenderer, noun

Word Origin for tender

C16: from Anglo-French tendre, from Latin tendere to extend; see tend 1

British Dictionary definitions for tender (3 of 3)

tender3
/ (藞t蓻nd蓹) /

noun
a small boat, such as a dinghy, towed or carried by a yacht or ship
a vehicle drawn behind a steam locomotive to carry the fuel and water
an ancillary vehicle used to carry supplies, spare parts, etc, for a mobile operation, such as an outside broadcast
a person who tends

Word Origin for tender

C15: variant of attender
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Other Idioms and Phrases with tender

tender

see leave to someone's tender mercies.

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