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



    BrE BrE//ˈtendə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtendər//
    Travelling by boat or ship
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  1. 1a formal offer to supply goods or do work at a stated price synonym bid1 Cleaning services have been put out to tender (= companies have been asked to make offers to supply these services). a competitive tender A local firm submitted the lowest tender. The bus company is inviting tenders for a number of new buses.
  2. 2 a truck attached to a steam engine, carrying fuel and water
  3. 3 a small boat, used for carrying people or goods between a larger boat and land See related entries: Travelling by boat or ship
  4. Word Originnoun sense 1 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’. noun senses 2 to 3 late Middle English (in the sense ‘attendant, nurse’): from tend (senses 3 and 4) or shortening of attender (see attend).Extra examples The building of the new school will go out to tender. The government invited tenders for a project to computerize the social security system. The laundry service was put out to competitive tender. The property is to be sold by tender. Cleaning and laundry services have been put out to tender. The contract was won by a clear margin in a competitive tender. The local authority has invited tenders for the supply of school meals.
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