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tend1 / tend/ • v. [intr.] regularly or frequently behave in a particular way or have a certain characteristic: written language tends to be formal her hair tended to come loose. ∎  [intr.] (tend to/toward) be liable to possess or display (a particular characteristic): Walter tended toward corpulence. ∎  [intr.] go or move in a particular direction: the road tends west around small mountains. ∎  [intr.] (tend to) Math. approach (a quantity or limit): the Fourier coefficients tend to zero. tend2 • v. [tr.] care for or look after; give one's attention to: Viola tended plants on the roof | [intr.] for two or three months he tended to business. ∎  direct or manage; work in: I've been tending bar at the airport lounge. ∎ archaic wait on as an attendant or servant. DERIVATIVES: tend·ance / ˈtendəns/ n. ( archaic ).

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