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

      

    tend

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//tend//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tend//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they tend
    BrE BrE//tend//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tend//
     
    he / she / it tends
    BrE BrE//tendz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//tendz//
     
    past simple tended
    BrE BrE//ˈtendɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtendɪd//
     
    past participle tended
    BrE BrE//ˈtendɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtendɪd//
     
    -ing form tending
    BrE BrE//ˈtendɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtendɪŋ//
     
     
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  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 predominantly held 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/towards something) to take a particular direction or often have a particular quality His views tend towards the extreme. Prices have tended downwards over recent years.
  3. 3[transitive, intransitive] to care for somebody/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 (North American English) to serve customers in a store, bar, etc. He had a job tending bar in San Francisco.
  5. Word Origin senses 1 to 2 Middle English (in the sense ‘move or be inclined to move in a certain direction’): from Old French tendre ‘stretch, tend’, from Latin tendere. senses 3 to 4 Middle English: shortening of attend.Extra examples They helped the farmers tend their cattle. We looked out of the window at the well-tended gardens. He tended to her every need. She lovingly tended her garden. well-tended lawns When I’m tired, I tend to make mistakes.
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