Tend

Definition of Tend

v. t.1.(O. Eng. Law) To make a tender of; to offer or tender.
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.
[imp. & p. p. Tended; p. pr. & vb. n. Tending.]
And flaming ministers to watch and tend
Their earthly charge.
- Milton.
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.
- Emerson.
2.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.
- Chapman.
To tend a vessel
(Naut.) to manage an anchored vessel when the tide turns, so that in swinging she shall not entangle the cable.
v. i.1.To wait, as attendants or servants; to serve; to attend; - with on or upon.
Was he not companion with the riotous knights
That tend upon my father?
- Shak.
2.To await; to expect.
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,
Still tend from bad to worse.
- Milton.
The clouds above me to the white Alps tend.
- Byron.
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.

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