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ten·der 1

adj. ten·der·er, ten·der·est
a. Easily crushed or bruised; fragile: a tender petal.
b. Easily chewed or cut: tender beef.
2. Young and vulnerable: of tender age.
3. Frail; delicate.
4. Sensitive to frost or severe cold; not hardy: tender green shoots.
a. Easily hurt; sensitive: tender skin.
b. Painful; sore: a tender tooth.
a. Considerate and protective; solicitous: a tender mother; his tender concern.
b. Characterized by or expressing gentle emotions; loving: a tender glance; a tender ballad.
c. Given to sympathy or sentimentality; soft: a tender heart.
7. Nautical Likely to heel easily under sail; crank.
tr.v. ten·dered, ten·der·ing, ten·ders
To make tender.
A strip of meat, usually chicken, often breaded, deep-fried, and served with a sauce.

[Middle English, from Old French tendre, from Latin tener; see ten- in Indo-European roots. N., possibly short for tenderloin.]

ten′der·ly adv.
ten′der·ness n.

ten·der 2

1. A formal offer, as:
a. Law An offer to pay the amount due under a debt or obligation.
b. A written offer to contract goods or services at a specified cost or rate; a bid.
2. Something, especially money, offered in payment.
tr.v. ten·dered, ten·der·ing, ten·ders
1. To offer formally: tender a letter of resignation.
2. Law To offer (payment or performance) pursuant to an obligation.

[From French tendre, to offer, from Old French, from Latin tendere, to hold forth, extend; see ten- in Indo-European roots.]

ten′der·er n.

tend·er 3

1. One who tends something: a lathe tender.
2. Nautical A vessel attendant on other vessels, especially one that ferries supplies between ship and shore.
3. A railroad car attached to the rear of a locomotive and designed to carry fuel and water.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.tenderly - with tenderness; in a tender manner; "tenderly she placed her arms round him"
بطراوَه، بِرِقَّه، بِنُعومَه، بِلين


[ˈtendəlɪ] ADV (= affectionately) [kiss, say, smile] → tiernamente, con ternura


[ˈtɛndərli] advtendrement, avec tendresse



[ˈtɛndəlɪ] adv (affectionately) → teneramente


(ˈtendə) adjective
1. soft; not hard or tough. The meat is tender.
2. sore; painful when touched. His injured leg is still tender.
3. loving; gentle. She had a tender heart.
ˈtenderness noun
ˈtenderly adverb
in a loving and gentle manner. He kissed her tenderly.
ˌtender-ˈhearted adjective
kind and sympathetic; easily made to feel pity.
ˌtender-ˈheartedness noun
References in classic literature ?
While he was thus tenderly embracing me, Sophia astonished at my precipitate Departure, entered the Room in search of me.
A BEAUTIFUL Old Man, meeting a Sunday-school Pupil, laid his hand tenderly upon the lad's head, saying: "Listen, my son, to the words of the wise and heed the advice of the righteous.
The two sons who survived him loved each other tenderly, and it was a real grief to the elder, Schahriar, that the laws of the empire forbade him to share his dominions with his brother Schahzeman.
So she folded the cool leaves tenderly about the poor fly, bathed his wings, and brought him refreshing drink, while he hummed his thanks, and forgot his pain, as Zephyr softly sung and fanned him with her waving wings.
She tenderly kissed me, She fondly caressed, And then I fell gently To sleep on her breast -- Deeply to sleep From the heaven of her breast.
When the first bitterness was over, the family accepted the inevitable, and tried to bear it cheerfully, helping one another by the increased affection which comes to bind households tenderly together in times of trouble.
When he outgrew her care her husband was appointed as his tutor and governor, so that he had never been separated from this excellent couple, who loved him as tenderly as they did their only daughter Zayda, and were warmly loved by him in return.
My dear Boris," said the mother, drawing her hand from beneath her old mantle and laying it timidly and tenderly on her son's arm, "be affectionate and attentive to him.
Miss Bingley's civility to Elizabeth increased at last very rapidly, as well as her affection for Jane; and when they parted, after assuring the latter of the pleasure it would always give her to see her either at Longbourn or Netherfield, and embracing her most tenderly, she even shook hands with the former.
Between the real landscape and its shadow in the water, there was no division; both were so untroubled and clear, and, while so fraught with solemn mystery of life and death, so hopefully reassuring to the gazer's soothed heart, because so tenderly and mercifully beautiful.
His fair visitor, however, was well aware that, to command on the one point, people must yield on another; she therefore no longer drew back her hands from the grating, and even allowed Cornelius tenderly to kiss her beautiful golden tresses.
he asks tenderly, when there is a dancing man at liberty, and it is Francine's turn to claim him.