from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Easily crushed or bruised; fragile: a tender petal.
- adj. Easily chewed or cut: tender beef.
- adj. Young and vulnerable: of tender age.
- adj. Frail; delicate.
- adj. Sensitive to frost or severe cold; not hardy: tender green shoots.
- adj. Easily hurt; sensitive: tender skin.
- adj. Painful; sore: a tender tooth.
- adj. Considerate and protective; solicitous: a tender mother; his tender concern.
- adj. Characterized by or expressing gentle emotions; loving: a tender glance; a tender ballad.
- adj. Given to sympathy or sentimentality; soft: a tender heart.
- adj. Nautical Likely to heel easily under sail; crank.
- transitive v. To make tender.
- transitive v. Archaic To treat with tender regard.
- n. A formal offer, as:
- n. Law An offer of money or service in payment of an obligation.
- n. A written offer to contract goods or services at a specified cost or rate; a bid.
- n. Something, especially money, offered in payment.
- transitive v. To offer formally: tender a letter of resignation. See Synonyms at offer.
- n. One who tends something: a lathe tender.
- n. Nautical A vessel attendant on other vessels, especially one that ferries supplies between ship and shore.
- n. A railroad car attached to the rear of a locomotive and designed to carry fuel and water.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Sensitive or painful to be touched.
- adj. Soft and easily chewed.
- adj. Fond, loving, gentle, sweet
- v. To make tender or delicate; to weaken.
- v. To feel tenderly towards; to regard fondly.
- n. Someone who tends or waits on someone.
- n. A railroad car towed behind a steam engine to carry fuel and water.
- n. A naval ship that functions as a mobile base for other ships.
- n. A smaller boat used for transportation between a large ship and the shore.
- v. To offer, to give.
- v. To offer a payment, as at sales or auctions.
- n. A means of payment such as a check or cheque, cash or credit card.
- n. A formal offer to buy or sell something.
- n. Any offer or proposal made for acceptance.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who tends; one who takes care of any person or thing; a nurse.
- n. A vessel employed to attend other vessels, to supply them with provisions and other stores, to convey intelligence, or the like.
- n. A car attached to a locomotive, for carrying a supply of fuel and water.
- transitive v. To offer in payment or satisfaction of a demand, in order to save a penalty or forfeiture.
- transitive v. To offer in words; to present for acceptance.
- n. An offer, either of money to pay a debt, or of service to be performed, in order to save a penalty or forfeiture, which would be incurred by nonpayment or nonperformance.
- n. Any offer or proposal made for acceptance
- n. The thing offered; especially, money offered in payment of an obligation.
- adj. Easily impressed, broken, bruised, or injured; not firm or hard; delicate.
- adj. Sensible to impression and pain; easily pained.
- adj. Physically weak; not hardly or able to endure hardship; immature; effeminate.
- adj. Susceptible of the softer passions, as love, compassion, kindness; compassionate; pitiful; anxious for another's good; easily excited to pity, forgiveness, or favor; sympathetic.
- adj. Exciting kind concern; dear; precious.
- adj. Careful to save inviolate, or not to injure; -- with of.
- adj. Unwilling to cause pain; gentle; mild.
- adj. Adapted to excite feeling or sympathy; expressive of the softer passions; pathetic.
- adj. Apt to give pain; causing grief or pain; delicate.
- adj. Heeling over too easily when under sail; -- said of a vessel.
- n. Regard; care; kind concern.
- transitive v. To have a care of; to be tender toward; hence, to regard; to esteem; to value.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Thin; slender; attenuated; fine: literally or figuratively.
- Of fine or delicate quality; delicate; fine; soft: as, a tender glow of color.
- Soft; thin; watery.
- Delicate to the touch, or yielding readily to the action of a cutting instrument or to a blow; not tough or hard; especially, soft and easily masticated: as, tender meat.
- Soft; impressible; susceptible; sensitive; compassionate; easily touched, affected, or influenced: as, a tender heart.
- Expressing sensitive feeling; expressing the gentle emotions, as love or pity, especially the former; kindly; loving; affectionate; fond.
- Delicate in constitution, consistency, texture, etc.; fragile; easily injured, broken, or bruised.
- Delicate as regards health; weakly.
- Very sensitive to impression; very susceptible of any sensation or emotion; easily pained.
- Not strong; not hardy; not able to endure hardship or rough treatment; delicate; weak.
- Fresh; immature; feeble; young and inexperienced.
- Precious; dear.
- Careful; solicitous; considerate; watchful; concerned; unwilling to pain or injure; scrupulous: with of or over.
- Delicate; ticklish; apt to give pain if inconsiderately or roughly dealt with or referred to; requiring careful handling so as not to annoy or give pain: as, a tender subject.
- Quick; keen; sharp.
- Of ships, apt to lean over under sail; tender-sided: same as crank, 1.
- Yielding to a small force; sensitive.
- n. A tender regard; fondness; affection; regard.
- To regard or treat with compassion, solicitude, fondness, or care; cherish; hence, to hold dear; value; esteem.
- To make tender, in any sense.
- To offer; make offer of; present for acceptance: as, to tender one a complimentary dinner; to tender one's resignation.
- To offer in payment or satisfaction of some demand or obligation: as, to tender the (exact) amount of rent due.
- To show; present to view.
- To make a tender or offer; especially, to offer to supply certain commodities for a certain period at rates and under conditions specified, or to execute certain work: as, to tender for the dredging of a harbor.
- n. An offer for acceptance.
- n. Specifically In law, an offer of money or any other thing in satisfaction of a debt or liability; especially, the production and offer to pay or deliver the very thing requirable by a contract.
- n. An offer in writing made by one party to another to execute some specified work or to supply certain specified articles at a certain sum or rate, or to purchase something at a specified price.
- n. Something tendered or offered.
- n. One who tends; one who attends to, supervises, or takes care of something; a nurse: as, a machine-tender; a bartender.
- n. Nautical, a vessel employed to attend a larger one for supplying her with provisions and other stores, or to convey intelligence, orders, etc.
- n. A boat or ship accompanying fishing- or whaling-vessels; a lighter.
- n. In railroading, a carriage attached to the locomotive, for carrying the fuel, water, etc. See cuts under passenger-engine and snow-plow.
- n. A small reservoir attached to a mop or scrubber, to hold a supply of water. The flow is controlled by a valve operated by a spring.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. propose a payment
- adj. easy to cut or chew
- adj. (used of boats) inclined to heel over easily under sail
- n. car attached to a locomotive to carry fuel and water
- adj. having or displaying warmth or affection
- v. offer or present for acceptance
- n. a formal proposal to buy at a specified price
- adj. physically untoughened
- v. make tender or more tender as by marinating, pounding, or applying a tenderizer
- v. make a tender of; in legal settlements
- adj. young and immature
- n. ship that usually provides supplies to other ships
- n. someone who waits on or tends to or attends to the needs of another
- adj. hurting
- adj. (of plants) not hardy; easily killed by adverse growing condition
- n. something that can be used as an official medium of payment
- n. a boat for communication between ship and shore
- adj. given to sympathy or gentleness or sentimentality
Middle English, from Old French tendre, from Latin tener; see ten- in Indo-European roots.
From French tendre, to offer, from Old French, from Latin tendere, to hold forth, extend; see ten- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French tendre, from Latin tener ("soft, delicate"). (Wiktionary)
From tend + -er. (Wiktionary)
From Middle French tendre ("stretch out"). (Wiktionary)