- 1 English
- 2 Albanian
- 3 French
From Middle English tenden, from Old English tendan (“to kindle, set on fire”) (usually in compounds ātendan, fortendan, ontendan), from Proto-Germanic *tandijaną (“to kindle”), of unknown origin. Cognate with Danish tænde (“to kindle”), Swedish tända (“to kindle”), Gothic [script needed] (tandjan, “to kindle”), Icelandic tendra (“to ignite”), German zünden (“to light, ignite, fire”). Related to tinder.
- (law, Old English law) To make a tender of; to offer or tender.
- (followed by a to infinitive) To be likely, or probable to do something, or to have a certain characteristic. [from the mid-14th c.]
- They tend to go out on Saturdays.
- It tends to snow here in winter.
- In sense 2. this is a catenative verb that takes the to infinitive.
- See Appendix:English catenative verbs
- (with to) To look after (e.g. an ill person.) [from the early 14th c.]
- We need to tend to the garden, which has become a mess.
- To accompany as an assistant or protector; to care for the wants of; to look after; to watch; to guard.
- Shepherds tend their flocks.
- 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.
- To wait (upon), as attendants or servants; to serve; to attend.
- Was he not companion with the riotous knights / That tend upon my father?
- (obsolete) To await; to expect.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
- (obsolete) 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.
- (transitive, nautical) To manage (an anchored vessel) when the tide turns, to prevent it from entangling the cable when swinging.
- tend in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- tend in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- tend at OneLook Dictionary Search
- ^ Albanische Etymologien (Untersuchungen zum albanischen Erbwortschatz), Bardhyl Demiraj, Leiden Studies in Indo-European 7; Amsterdam - Atlanta 1997, p.129