Tend, v. t. [imp. & p. p.
Tended; p. pr. & vb. n. Tending.] [Aphetic
form of attend. See Attend, Tend to move, and cf.
Tender one that tends or attends.] 1. To
accompany as an assistant or protector; to care for the wants of; to look
after; to watch; to guard; as, shepherds tend their flocks.
And flaming ministers to watch and tend Milton.
Their earthly charge.
There 's not a sparrow or a wren, Emerson.
There 's not a blade of autumn grain,
Which the four seasons do not tend
And tides of life and increase lend.
2. To be attentive to; to note carefully; to attend
Being to descend Chapman.
A ladder much in height, I did not tend
My way well down.
To tend a vessel (Naut.), to manage an
anchored vessel when the tide turns, so that in swinging she shall not
entangle the cable.
Tend (?), v. t. [See Tender to offer.]
(O. Eng. Law) To make a tender of; to offer or tender.
Tend, v. i. [F. tendre, L.
tendere, tensum and tentum, to stretch, extend, direct
one's course, tend; akin to Gr. ? to stretch, Skr. tan. See
Thin, and cf. Tend to attend, Contend, Intense,
Ostensible, Portent, Tempt, Tender to offer,
Tense, a.] 1. To move in a
certain direction; -- usually with to or towards.
Two gentlemen tending towards that
sight. Sir H. Wotton.
Thus will this latter, as the former world, Milton.
Still tend from bad to worse.
The clouds above me to the white Alps
2. To be directed, as to any end, object, or
purpose; to aim; to have or give a leaning; to exert activity or influence;
to serve as a means; to contribute; as, our petitions, if granted, might
tend to our destruction.
The thoughts of the diligent tend only to
plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.
Prov. xxi. 5.
The laws of our religion tend to the universal
happiness of mankind. Tillotson.
Tend, v. i. 1. To wait,
as attendants or servants; to serve; to attend; -- with on or
Was he not companion with the riotous knights Shak.
That tend upon my father?
2. [F. attendre.] To await; to expect.