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Usage statistics for the verb tend:

conversational speech23.23%task-oriented speech76.77%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb tend:


Tend is sometimes a misspelling of turned.

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Definition of the verb tend

What does tend mean as a doing word?

Tend is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: tended | tending | tends

  1. have a tendency or disposition to do or be something; be inclined
    • example: She tends to be nervous before her lectures
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonyms of tend: be given / incline / lean / run
    • more generic word: be = have the quality of being
    • more specific terms:
  2. have care of or look after
    • example: She tends to the children
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • more generic terms: attend / look / see / take care = take charge of or deal with
    • more specific words:
      • garden = work in the garden
      • shepherd = tend as a shepherd, as of sheep or goats
  3. manage or run
    • example: tend a store
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • more generic terms: mind / take care = be in charge of or deal with
    • more specific word: stoke = stir up or tend

Alternative definition of the verb tend


  1. To make a tender of; to offer or tender.
  2. [context: with to] To look after (e.g. an ill person.) [definition from the early 14th c.]
  3. [context: followed by a to infinitive] To be likely, or probable to do something, or to have a certain characteristic. [definition from the mid-14th c.]

Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for tend

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Google previewInternational Symposium on Computer and Information Sciences (2002)

by Erol Gelenbe

Similarly, Tend is the successor of all output tasks in G. Let Pms be the master processor, and let n(Pj) be the set of the...

Google previewThe Decisions of the Court of Session (1811)

From Its Institution Until the Separation of the Court Into Two Divisions in the Year 1808 by Scotland. Court of Session

and estimate the teind to a fourth part, that is to say, for each three bolls of proven rental, they added one boll for drawn teind, whereby the tend is a fourth part of the whole stock and teind; and ordered the rental to be framed accordingly .

Google previewUsage and Abusage (1997)

A Guide to Good English by Eric Partridge

In the sense, 'to have a general tendency, to have a disposition to', trend is obsolescent; tend is the right word. Trend, however, is correct for 'to turn off in a specified direction; to tend to take a direction expressed by or implied in the context', ...

Google previewThe SAGE Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Studies (2016)

by Abbie E. Goldberg

Lesbian parents tend to have more equal ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Social History (1993)

by Peter N. Stearns

tend. edF. a. mily. The inclusion of the family in social history research has meant that historianshavehadtofind conceptstoreferto familial groupingslargerthanthefamily household.Inallperiods of the past, family members kept ties alive, even ...

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Quotes about tend

If you tend to achieve much in less time,
If you tend to expect high from low,
And if you tend to reach through short cut,
You buy your anxiety against your health.
04.03.2001, Palasa (Rm. Shanmugam Chettiar)
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Scrabble value of T1E1N1D2

The value of this 4-letter word is 5 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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