Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “tender”

tender

adjective uk   /ˈten.dər/ us    /-dɚ/

tender adjective (GENTLE)

C2 gentle, loving, or kind: a tender look/smile What you need is some tender loving care.

tender adjective (PAINFUL)

(of part of the body) painful, sore, or uncomfortable when touched: My arm was very tender after the injection.

tender adjective (SOFT)

C2 (of meat or vegetables) easy to cut or chew (= crush with the teeth): My steak was beautifully tender. describes plants that are easily damaged by cold weather

tender adjective (YOUNG)

C2 literary young: He was sent off to boarding school at the tender age of seven.
tenderly
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
tenderness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  

tender

verb uk   /ˈten.dər/ us    /-dɚ/
[I] If you tender for a job, you make a formal offer to do it for a stated price: Five companies have tendered for the hospital contract. [I] specialized finance & economics If you tender for something such as shares, you make a formal offer to buy them for a stated price. [T] formal to give or offer something: Please tender the exact fare. The health minister has tendered her resignation (= has offered to leave her job).

tender

noun [C] uk   /ˈten.dər/ us    /-dɚ/

tender noun [C] (OFFER)

a written or formal offer to supply goods or do a job for an agreed price: The council has invited tenders for the building contract. specialized finance & economics a written offer to buy or sell shares in a company put sth out to tender UK If you put work out to tender, you ask people to make offers to do it: Education departments in all the prisons are being put out to tender.

tender noun [C] (CONTAINER)

specialized engineering a vehicle used for transporting water, wood, or coal, especially one that is pulled behind a railway engine or used by the fire service

tender noun [C] (BOAT)

specialized sailing a small boat that is used for transporting people or goods from the land to a larger boat or from the larger boat to the land: The SS Nomadic was a tender to the ill-fated liner, Titanic.
(Definition of tender from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of tender?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More meanings of “tender”

Definitions of “tender” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

bright spark

a person who is intelligent, and full of energy and enthusiasm

Word of the Day

Highly delighted, bitterly disappointed, ridiculously cheap: adverbs for emphasis.

by Liz Walter,
October 22, 2014
We often make adjectives stronger by putting an adverb in front of them. The most common ones are very and, for a stronger meaning, extremely: He was very pleased. The ship is extremely large. However, we don’t use very or extremely for adjectives that already have a strong meaning, for example fantastic,

Read More 

life tracking noun

October 20, 2014
the use of one or more devices or apps to monitor health, exercise, how time is spent, etc.

Read More