American English

Definition of tend verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they tend
    he / she / it tends
    past simple tended
    -ing form tending
    jump to other results
  1. 1[intransitive] tend to do something to be likely to do something or to happen in a particular way because this is what often or usually happens Women tend to live longer than men. When I'm tired, I tend to make mistakes. It tends to get very cold here in the winter. People tend to think that the problem will never affect them. Language Bankgenerallyways of saying “in general” Women generally earn less than men. Generally speaking, jobs traditionally done by women are paid at a lower rate than those traditionally done by men. In general/By and large, women do not earn as much as men. Certain jobs, like nursing and cleaning, are still mainly carried out by women. Senior management posts are held predominantly by men. Most senior management posts tend to be held by men. Women are, for the most part, still paid less than men. Economic and social factors are, to a large extent, responsible for women being concentrated in low-paid jobs.
  2. 2[intransitive] tend (to/toward something) to take a particular direction or often have a particular quality His views tend toward the extreme. Prices have tended downward over recent years.
  3. 3[transitive, intransitive] to care for someone or something tend somebody/something a shepherd tending his sheep Doctors and nurses tended the injured. well-tended gardens tend to somebody/something Ambulance crews were tending to the injured.
  4. 4[transitive] tend something to serve customers in a store, bar, etc. He had a job tending bar in San Francisco.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: tend