tend


tend
tend1
/tend/, v.i.
1. to be disposed or inclined in action, operation, or effect to do something: The particles tend to unite.
2. to be disposed toward an idea, emotion, way of thinking, etc.: He tends to be overly optimistic. Her religious philosophy tends toward pantheism.
3. to lead or conduce, as to some result or resulting condition: measures tending to improved working conditions; Governments are tending toward democracy.
4. to be inclined to or have a tendency toward a particular quality, state, or degree: This wine tends toward the sweet side.
5. (of a journey, course, road, etc.) to lead or be directed in a particular direction (usually fol. by to, toward, etc.): a path tending toward the beach.
[1300-50; ME tenden < MF tendre < L tendere to stretch, extend, proceed]
tend2
/tend/, v.t.
1. to attend to by work or services, care, etc.: to tend a fire.
2. to look after; watch over and care for; minister to or wait on with service: to tend the sick.
3. Naut. to handle or attend to (a rope).
v.i.
4. to attend by action, care, etc. (usually fol. by to).
5. tend on or upon, Archaic. to attend or wait upon; minister to; serve: She tended on the sick and dying with infinite compassion.
[1300-50; ME tenden, aph. var. of ATTEND]

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