Sense: 1, 3, 5
|Origin:||tendre 'to stretch', from Latin tendere|
tend S1 W1
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.
to have one particular quality or feature more than others:
Charles tends towards obesity.
4 especially American English
to work as a bartender
5 [intransitive always + adverb/preposition] formal
to move or develop in a particular direction
Interest rates are tending upwards.