- 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 tending
Two men, who identified themselves as brothers, were tending the bar.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything
December 16, 2014
Until the late 1960s, more than half of the U.S. states had laws on the books prohibiting women from tending bar.The Ladies Disrupting the Bartender Boys’ Club
September 7, 2014
Despite sustaining the injury in the 85th minute, he powered through, tending goal until the final whistle.Team USA Lost, but Tim Howard Is a Winner
July 1, 2014
Their loved ones would visit, tending to their decaying relatives, even changing their clothing.Palermo Has an Underground City Filled With Its Mummified Dead
May 1, 2014
But there is no better argument for tending to your present job than Bobby Jindal.Is Jindal the Least Popular Guv?
David Freedlander, Brandy Zadrozny
February 25, 2014
Thus manifestly a negligible factor, it is also one tending to extinction.'Tis Sixty Years Since
Charles Francis Adams
One of these fellows, as it chanced, was their own guide, who had come in from tending the mules.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
The proceedings began with some animated discussion, all tending one way.Tiverton Tales
This she had abundantly shown, but now, in her tending of the sick gentleman.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
And outside he went, like a king, with all Sierra Vista about him and tending on him.White Fang
- (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 tending
"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).