• The Disappointed, Hungry Prodigal Tending Swine
    The Disappointed, Hungry Prodigal Tending Swine
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v tend manage or run "tend a store"
    • v tend have care of or look after "She tends to the children"
    • v tend have a tendency or disposition to do or be something; be inclined "She tends to be nervous before her lectures","These dresses run small","He inclined to corpulence"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Children who are breast fed tend to have an IQ seven points higher than children who are not
    • Tend To accompany as an assistant or protector; to care for the wants of; to look after; to watch; to guard; as, shepherds tend their flocks. "And flaming ministers to watch and tend Their earthly charge.""There 's not a sparrow or a wren,
      There 's not a blade of autumn grain,
      Which the four seasons do not tend And tides of life and increase lend."
    • Tend To await; to expect.
    • Tend To be attentive to; to note carefully; to attend to. "Being to descend
      A ladder much in height, I did not tend My way well down."
    • Tend To be directed, as to any end, object, or purpose; to aim; to have or give a leaning; to exert activity or influence; to serve as a means; to contribute; as, our petitions, if granted, might tend to our destruction. "The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.""The laws of our religion tend to the universal happiness of mankind."
    • v. t Tend (O. Eng. Law) To make a tender of; to offer or tender.
    • Tend To move in a certain direction; -- usually with to or towards. "Two gentlemen tending towards that sight.""Thus will this latter, as the former world,
      Still tend from bad to worse."
      "The clouds above me to the white Alps tend ."
    • Tend To wait, as attendants or servants; to serve; to attend; -- with on or upon. "Was he not companion with the riotous knights
      That tend upon my father?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Lighthouse keepers were nicknamed "wickies" because they tended the lamps wick
    • tend To reach out; offer; tender.
    • tend To move or be directed, literally or figuratively; hold a course.
    • tend To have a tendency to operate in some particular direction or way; have a bent or inclination to effective action in some particular direction; aim or serve more or less effectively and directly: commonly followed by an infinitive: as, exercise tends to strengthen the muscles.
    • tend To serve, contribute, or conduce in some degree or way; be influential in some direction, or in promoting some purpose or interest; have a more or less direct bearing or effect (upon something).
    • tend Synonyms To incline, lean, verge, trend.
    • tend To conduce.
    • tend To attend; wait upon as an assistant or protector; guard.
    • tend To look after; take care of; have the charge, care, or supervision of: as, to tend a machine; to tend a flock; to tend a sick person.
    • tend To be attentive to; attend to; be mindful of; mind.
    • tend To wait upon so as to execute; be prepared to perform.
    • tend Nautical, to watch, as a vessel at anchor, at the turn of tides, and cast her by the helm, and by some sail if necessary, so as to keep turns out of her cable. Synonyms and To keep, protect, nurse.
    • tend To attend; wait as an attendant or servant: with on or upon.
    • tend To be in waiting; be ready for service; attend.
    • tend To be attentive; listen.
    • tend See tind.
    • tend Obsolete past participle of teen.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Girls tend to sleep more soundly than boys.
    • v.t Tend tend to accompany as assistant or protector: to take care of, to be attentive to, to wait upon so as to execute
    • v.i Tend tend to stretch, aim at, move, or incline in a certain direction: to be directed to any end or purpose: to contribute
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  • Christopher Walken
    Christopher Walken
    “I tend to play mostly villains and twisted people. Unsavory guys. I think it's my face, the way I look.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Change tends to be viewed as a threat to our control.”
  • Earl Nightingale
    “We tend to live up to our expectations.”
  • Norman Vincent Peale
    “We tend to get what we expect.”
  • Brian Tracy
    “We will always tend to fulfill our own expectation of ourselves.”
  • Abraham Lincoln
    “If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could then better judge what to do, and how to do it.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. tendre, L. tendere, tensum, and tentum, to stretch, extend, direct one's course, tend; akin to Gr. to stretch, Skr. tan,. See Thin, and cf. Tend to attend, Contend Intense Ostensible Portent Tempt Tender to offer, Tense (a.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. tendre—L. tendĕre; Gr. teinein, to stretch.


In literature:

When anybody got sick dey always had de doctor to tend to him.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
That Paul Lanier, at the instigation of his father, committed the homicides, partial developments tended to prove.
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
The latter productions of Hector Macneill, both in prose and verse, tended rather to diminish than increase his fame.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volumes I-VI." by Various
We 'tended school four months a year.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Various
My mother and father'll tend to him.
"Gold Seekers of '49" by Edwin L. Sabin
If it be drawn out at one point, it tends towards that point from all directions.
"Farm drainage" by Henry Flagg French
It tends to wrinkle the skin.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
Vigorous physical exercise tends to delay puberty, anything exciting the emotions tends to hasten it.
"Sex" by Henry Stanton
Wherefore most men tended to scream.
"Scrimshaw" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
Because he was a frontiersman he tended to be at once democratic in temper and despotic in action.
"A History of the United States" by Cecil Chesterton

In poetry:

For the great Love everywhere
Over all doth glow;
Draws his birds up trough the air,
Tends his birds below.
"December 27, 1879" by George MacDonald
Not to ease and aimless quiet
Doth that inward answer tend,
But to works of love and duty
As our being's end;
"To ------," by John Greenleaf Whittier
O Earth, Earth, Earth,
I am dying for love of thee,
For thou hast given me birth,
And thy hands have tended me.
"To My Mother Earth" by George MacDonald
There was a simple soul who lit
A candle every night,
And in his window tended it,
And worshipped in its light.
"The Simple Soul" by John Joy Bell
"Wilt go, then, dear infant, wilt go with me there?
My daughters shall tend thee with sisterly care
My daughters by night their glad festival keep,
They'll dance thee, and rock thee, and sing thee to sleep."
"The Erl-King" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Oh, man, vain dreamer of this life,
Seeking ’mid restless toil and strife
For wealth, for happiness, for fame,
Thirsting to make thyself a name,
See, unto what thy course doth tend,
Of all thy toils—there is the end.
"Our Mountain Cemetery" by Rosanna Eleanor Leprohon

In news:

It's hard to tell why animals tend to bond with each other.
Based on a 1970s David Bailey photograph of Twiggy, tresses on PPQ's runway tended toward the side—twisted into a singular thick braid .
They tend to lose traction in deep snow.
A changing PDO tends to magnify the effects of La Nina.
We tend to think of humanitarian military intervention as a modern phenomenon.
Emergency workers tend to JetBlue captain Clayton Osbon on Tuesday, March 27, 2012, in Amarillo, Texas.
Unemployment benefits help drive the economy because the jobless tend to spend every dollar they get, pumping cash into businesses.
But we should ask ourselves why the media tend to depict our sexuality in such extremes.
At age 13, instead of going to school, Dhaki was marrried and tended cattle for her family.
We tend to think of speakers as devices that blast sound at us.
People who have nice cars tend to like to show them off.
It's when it gets out of place, that my vittles tend to launch.
Jennifer Urban, a UC Berkeley law professor who studies fair-use issues, said courts tend to use two tests in determining fair use .
In privacy disputes, the courts tend to side heavily with the employer.
Just as the physical layout of St Louis is one demographic cluster after another, members of the music community tend to stay within their scenes of comfort.

In science:

U + β (1 + αU )−7 = 0, with β = 1 The point is now the following: for ~x → ~xi the function α tends to zero as |~x − ~xi |; hence β , too, tends to zero as |~x − ~xi |.
Close encounters of black holes
F E ′ as defined Λw (µ) = |Λw |−1F E ′ Lemma 2.3.4 If Φ ∈ DL, then the value SF E ′ above, tends to a unique limit, SF E ′(µ) in [0, ∞] as the coordinates of w tend to ∞.
Random Surfaces
It is easy to see that σ(u) tends to ∞ as u tends to the boundary of [−1, 1]d , even though V (u) is constant for u ∈ [−1, 1]d .
Random Surfaces
The first item follows because g ≤ 2, the second because g (F (η )) tends to zero as η tends to a or b.
Random Surfaces
For fixed R′ , R, and A, the latter term clearly tends to zero as δ tends to zero.
Random Surfaces