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Definition of tender verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    tender

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈtendə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtendər//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they tender
    BrE BrE//ˈtendə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtendər//
     
    he / she / it tenders
    BrE BrE//ˈtendəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtendərz//
     
    past simple tendered
    BrE BrE//ˈtendəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtendərd//
     
    past participle tendered
    BrE BrE//ˈtendəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtendərd//
     
    -ing form tendering
    BrE BrE//ˈtendərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtendərɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] tender (for something) to make a formal offer to supply goods or do work at a stated price Local firms were invited to tender for the building contract. competitive tendering
  2. 2[transitive] tender something (to somebody) (formal) to offer or give something to somebody He has tendered his resignation to the Prime Minister.
  3. Word Originverb mid 16th cent. (as a legal term meaning ‘formally offer a plea or evidence, or money to discharge a debt’, also as a noun denoting such an offer): from Old French tendre, from Latin tendere ‘to stretch, hold forth’.
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