I. verb Etymology: Middle English, short for attenden to attend Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. archaic listen 2. to pay attention ; apply oneself <
tend to your own affairs
tend to our correspondence
3. to act as an attendant ; serve <
tended to his wife
4. obsolete await transitive verb 1. archaic to attend as a servant 2. a. to apply oneself to the care of ; watch over <
tended her sick father
b. to have or take charge of as a caretaker or overseer <
tend the sheep
c. cultivate, foster d. to manage the operations of ; mind <
tend the store
tend the fire
3. to stand by (as a rope) in readiness to prevent mischance (as fouling) II. intransitive verb Etymology: Middle English, to stretch, direct oneself, from Anglo-French tendre — more at tender Date: 14th century 1. to move, direct, or develop one's course in a particular direction <
cannot tell where society is tending
2. to exhibit an inclination or tendency ; conduce <
tends to be optimistic

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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