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tend 1

intr.v. tend·ed, tend·ing, tends
1. To have a tendency: paint that tends toward bubbling and peeling over time.
2. To be disposed or inclined: tends toward exaggeration.
3. To move or extend in a certain direction: Our ship tended northward.

[Middle English tenden, from Old French tendre, from Latin tendere; see ten- in Indo-European roots.]

tend 2

v. tend·ed, tend·ing, tends
1. To have the care of; watch over; look after: tend a child.
2. To manage the activities and transactions of; run: tend bar; tend a store in the owner's absence.
1. To be an attendant or servant.
2. To apply one's attention; attend: no time to tend to my diary.

[Middle English tenden, short for attenden, to wait on; see attend.]
Synonyms: tend2, attend, mind, minister, watch
These verbs mean to have the care or supervision of something: tended her plants; attends the sick; minded the neighbor's children; ministered to flood victims; watched the house while the owners were away.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tending - the work of providing treatment for or attending to someone or somethingtending - the work of providing treatment for or attending to someone or something; "no medical care was required"; "the old car needs constant attention"
hair care, haircare, hairdressing - care for the hair: the activity of washing or cutting or curling or arranging the hair
work - activity directed toward making or doing something; "she checked several points needing further work"
maternalism - motherly care; behavior characteristic of a mother; the practice of acting as a mother does toward her children
baby sitting, babysitting - the work of a baby sitter; caring for children when their parents are not home
pet sitting - the work of a pet sitter; caring for pets in their own home while their owners are away from home
dental care - care for the teeth
first aid - emergency care given before regular medical aid can be obtained
treatment, intervention - care provided to improve a situation (especially medical procedures or applications that are intended to relieve illness or injury)
incubation - maintaining something at the most favorable temperature for its development
livery - the care (feeding and stabling) of horses for pay
manicure - professional care for the hands and fingernails
pedicure - professional care for the feet and toenails
nourishment - the act of nourishing; "her nourishment of the orphans saved many lives"
nursing - the work of caring for the sick or injured or infirm
tender loving care, TLC - considerate and solicitous care; "young children need lots of TLC"
nurturance - physical and emotional care and nourishment
personal care - care for someone who is disabled or is otherwise unable to care for themselves; can including bathing and cooking and managing bodily functions
skin care, skincare - care for the skin
faith cure, faith healing - care provided through prayer and faith in God
tree surgery - treatment of damaged or decaying trees
healthcare, health care - the preservation of mental and physical health by preventing or treating illness through services offered by the health profession
Adj.1.tending - (usually followed by `to') naturally disposed toward; "he is apt to ignore matters he considers unimportant"; "I am not minded to answer any questions"
inclined - (often followed by `to') having a preference, disposition, or tendency; "wasn't inclined to believe the excuse"; "inclined to be moody"
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References in classic literature ?
A HERDSMAN tending his flock in a forest lost a Bull-calf from the fold.
Tired of tending sheep, he next apprenticed himself to a ship-carpenter, and spent about four years in hewing the crooked limbs of oak-trees into knees for vessels.
And in this case the effects of intercrossing can hardly be counterbalanced by natural selection always tending to modify all the individuals in each district in exactly the same manner to the conditions of each; for in a continuous area, the conditions will generally graduate away insensibly from one district to another.
Since then, his way of painting has changed a great deal, tending toward a dense accumulation of figures and the portrayal of real objects and spaces imbued with meaning.
always doing a zillion things at once: tending our own and others' children, gathering food and preparing it.
Depression may go unnoticed because: 1) older adults, particularly men, may be less likely to talk about psychological distress while tending to more readily discuss physical ailments; 2) physicians who often have the first contact with a depressed adult often focus more on somatic complaints than psychological issues; 3) symptoms of medical conditions are similar to those of depression; and 4) stigma associated with having a mental health diagnosis may inhibit seeking treatment (Moutier, Wetherell, and Zisook, 2003; Wolfe, Morrow, and Fredrickson, 1996).
Hirth, while tending, the buck remains five to 10 yards behind the doe and every fifteen minutes he will approach her cautiously to test her readiness to breed.
Knowledge of other herding practices gives little insight into reindeer tending. "We have this idea of herding based on cattle, with cowboys galloping around and dogs yapping," DePriest says.
An obsession with interstate relations--the "Grand Chessboard" of Zbigniew Brzezinski's phrase--among the Realists tends to discourage attention to the internal dynamics of other states, while a patriotism sometimes tending to chauvinist nationalism discourages attention to the domestic roots and moral ambiguities of U.S.