tender

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old French tendre, from Latin tener (soft, delicate).

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tender (comparative tenderer, superlative tenderest)

  1. Sensitive or painful to the touch.
    • 1597, William Shakespeare, All's Well that Ends Well, 3,2:
      [] poore Lord, is't I
      That chaſe thee from thy Countrie, and expoſe
      Thoſe tender limbes of thine []
    • 2006, Mike Myers (as the voice of the title character), Shrek (movie)
      Be careful: that area is tender.
  2. Easily bruised or injured; not firm or hard; delicate.
    tender plants; tender flesh; tender fruit
  3. Physically weak; not able to endure hardship.
    • Bible, Deuteronomy xxviii. 56
      the tender and delicate woman among you
  4. (of food) Soft and easily chewed.
    • 2001, Joey Pantolino (character), The Matrix (movie)
      The Matrix is telling my brain this steak is tender, succulent, and juicy.
  5. Sensible to impression and pain; easily pained.
    • L'Estrange
      Our bodies are not naturally more tender than our faces.
  6. Fond, loving, gentle, sweet.
    Suzanne was such a tender and sweet mother to her children.
    • Bible, James v. 11
      The Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.
    • Shakespeare
      You, that are thus so tender o'er his follies, / Will never do him good.
    • Fuller
      I am choleric by my nature, and tender by my temper.
  7. Adapted to excite feeling or sympathy; expressive of the softer passions; pathetic.
    tender expressions; tender expostulations; a tender strain
  8. Apt to give pain; causing grief or pain; delicate.
    a tender subject
    • Francis Bacon
      Things that are tender and unpleasing.
  9. (nautical) Heeling over too easily when under sail; said of a vessel.
  10. (obsolete) Exciting kind concern; dear; precious.
    • Shakespeare
      I love Valentine, / Whose life's as tender to me as my soul!
  11. (obsolete) Careful to keep inviolate, or not to injure; used with of.
    • Burke
      tender of property
    • Tillotson
      The civil authority should be tender of the honour of God and religion.
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tender (third-person singular simple present tenders, present participle tendering, simple past and past participle tendered)

  1. (now rare) To make tender or delicate; to weaken.
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, vol. I, New York 2001, p. 233:
      To such as are wealthy, live plenteously, at ease, [...] these viands are to be forborne, if they be inclined to, or suspect melancholy, as they tender their healths [...].
    • c. 1947, Putnam Fadeless Dyes [flyer packaged with granulated dye]:
      Putnam Fadeless Dyes will not injure any material. Boiling water does tender some materials. [...] Also, silk fibers are very tender when wet and care should be take not to boil them too vigorously.
  2. to feel tenderly towards; to regard fondly.
    • 1597, William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, 3,1 (First Folio edition):
      And ſo good Capulet, which name I tender
      As dearely as my owne, be ſatisfied.

Noun[edit]

tender (countable and uncountable, plural tenders)

  1. (obsolete) regard; care; kind concern
  2. The inner flight muscle (pectoralis minor) of poultry.

Etymology 2[edit]

From tend +‎ -er.

Noun[edit]

tender (plural tenders)

  1. (obsolete) Someone who tends or waits on someone.
  2. (rail transport) A railroad car towed behind a steam engine to carry fuel and water.
  3. (nautical) A naval ship that functions as a mobile base for other ships.
    submarine tender
    destroyer tender
  4. (nautical) A smaller boat used for transportation between a large ship and the shore.
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Etymology 3[edit]

From Middle French tendre (stretch out).

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tender (third-person singular simple present tenders, present participle tendering, simple past and past participle tendered)

  1. (formal) To offer, to give.
    to tender one’s resignation
    • Shakespeare
      You see how all conditions, how all minds, [] tender down / Their services to Lord Timon.
    • 1864 November 21, Abraham Lincoln (signed) or John Hay, letter to Mrs. Bixby in Boston
      I cannot refrain from tendering to you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save.
  2. to offer a payment, as at sales or auctions.
    In business law, a tender offer is an invitation to shareholders of a corporation to tender, or exchange, their shares in return for a monetary buy-out.
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tender (plural tenders)

  1. A means of payment such as a check or cheque, cash or credit card.
    Your credit card has been declined so you need to provide some other tender such as cash.
  2. (law) A formal offer to buy or sell something.
    We will submit our tender to you within the week.
  3. Any offer or proposal made for acceptance.
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tender

  1. apocopic form of tendere

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tender m

  1. tender (a railroad car towed behind a steam engine to carry fuel)

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Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin tendere, present active infinitive of tendō.

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tender (first-person singular present indicative tendo, past participle tendido)

  1. to tend
  2. to trend

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin tendere, present active infinitive of tendō.

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tender (first-person singular present tiendo, first-person singular preterite tendí, past participle tendido)

  1. (transitive) to spread, to stretch out
  2. (transitive) to lay (cable)
  3. (transitive) to make (a bed)
  4. (transitive) to hang up (clothes)
  5. (transitive) to build (a bridge across an expanse)
  6. (transitive) to extend (the hand)
  7. (transitive) to floor (with a punch), to stretch out
  8. (transitive) to cast (a net)
  9. (transitive) to set (a trap)
  10. (transitive) to coat (with plaster)
  11. (intransitive) to tend to, to have a tendency
  12. (reflexive) to lay oneself down

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