from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To have a tendency: paint that tends toward bubbling and peeling over time.
- intransitive v. To be disposed or inclined: tends toward exaggeration.
- intransitive v. To move or extend in a certain direction: Our ship tended northward.
- transitive v. To have the care of; watch over; look after: tend a child.
- transitive v. To manage the activities and transactions of; run: tend bar; tend a store in the owner's absence.
- intransitive v. To be an attendant or servant.
- intransitive v. To apply one's attention; attend: no time to tend to my diary.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To kindle; ignite; set on fire; light; inflame; burn.
- v. To make a tender of; to offer or tender.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To wait, as attendants or servants; to serve; to attend; -- with on or upon.
- intransitive v. To await; to expect.
- intransitive v. To move in a certain direction; -- usually with to or towards.
- intransitive v. To be directed, as to any end, object, or purpose; to aim; to have or give a leaning; to exert activity or influence; to serve as a means; to contribute.
- transitive v. To make a tender of; to offer or tender.
- transitive v. To accompany as an assistant or protector; to care for the wants of; to look after; to watch; to guard.
- transitive v. To be attentive to; to note carefully; to attend to.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To reach out; offer; tender.
- To move or be directed, literally or figuratively; hold a course.
- To have a tendency to operate in some particular direction or way; have a bent or inclination to effective action in some particular direction; aim or serve more or less effectively and directly: commonly followed by an infinitive: as, exercise tends to strengthen the muscles.
- To serve, contribute, or conduce in some degree or way; be influential in some direction, or in promoting some purpose or interest; have a more or less direct bearing or effect (upon something).
- Synonyms To incline, lean, verge, trend.
- To conduce.
- To attend; wait upon as an assistant or protector; guard.
- To look after; take care of; have the charge, care, or supervision of: as, to tend a machine; to tend a flock; to tend a sick person.
- To be attentive to; attend to; be mindful of; mind.
- To wait upon so as to execute; be prepared to perform.
- Nautical, to watch, as a vessel at anchor, at the turn of tides, and cast her by the helm, and by some sail if necessary, so as to keep turns out of her cable.
- To attend; wait as an attendant or servant: with on or upon.
- To be in waiting; be ready for service; attend.
- To be attentive; listen.
- See tind.
- Obsolete past participle of teen.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. have care of or look after
- v. manage or run
- v. have a tendency or disposition to do or be something; be inclined
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