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Sense: 1, 3, 5
Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: tendre 'to stretch', from Latin tendere
Sense: 2, 4
Date: 1100-1200
Origin: attend

tend

verb
     
tend S1 W1
1

tend to do something

if something tends to happen, it happens often and is likely to happen again:
People tend to need less sleep as they get older.
My car tends to overheat in the summer.
2 also tend to somebody/something [transitive] old-fashioned to look after someone or something:
Sofia was in the bedroom tending to her son.
3

tend towards something

to have one particular quality or feature more than others:
Charles tends towards obesity.
4

tend bar

especially American English to work as a bartender
5 [intransitive always + adverb/preposition] formal to move or develop in a particular direction
tend upwards/downwards
Interest rates are tending upwards.

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