Meaning of “tender” in the English Dictionary

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uk /ˈten.dər/ us /ˈten.dɚ/

tender adjective (SOFT)

C2 (of meat or vegetables) easy to cut or chew (= crush with the teeth):

My steak was beautifully tender.

Tender plants are easily damaged by cold weather.

adverb uk /ˈten.də.li/ us /ˈten.dɚ.li/
noun [ U ] uk /ˈten.də.nəs/ us /ˈten.dɚ.nəs/


uk /ˈten.dər/ us /ˈten.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).

tendernoun [ C ]

uk /ˈten.dər/ us /ˈten.dɚ/

tender noun [ C ] (OFFER)

mainly UK US usually bid 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 mainly UK US usually bid 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 ] (CHICKEN)

US a small piece of chicken breast meat, usually breaded and fried, or a cut of chicken from the tenderloin:

chicken tenders

(Definition of “tender” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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us /ˈten·dər/

tender adjective (GENTLE)

gentle, caring, or sympathetic:

He gave her a tender kiss.

tender adjective (PAINFUL)

easily hurt; painful:

My arm was very tender after the injection.

tender adjective (SOFT)

(of food) easily cut or chewed:

My steak was juicy and tender.

tender adjective (YOUNG)

[ not gradable ] young and not experienced:

At the tender age of 17, he joined the army.

tenderverb [ T ]

us /ˈten·dər/

tender verb [ T ] (OFFER)

to offer something, usually in writing, or to make an offer in writing to do something:

The Secretary wants to leave but has not yet tendered his resignation.
This is the richest contract ever tendered to a baseball player.

tendernoun [ C ]

us /ˈten·dər/

tender noun [ C ] (OFFER)

a formal offer, esp. to buy something

(Definition of “tender” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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uk /ˈtendər/ us

[ C ] COMMERCE a written or formal offer to supply goods or do a job for an agreed price:

receive a tender Competitive tenders must be received by 1 p.m.
invite tenders (to do/for sth) Morocco is inviting tenders to build two wind farms.
submit a tender (to do/for sth) The company said it will submit tenders to develop three oil fields in the area.

[ C or U ] COMMERCE a method of choosing the best company to supply goods or do a job by asking several companies to make offers for the work:

win a tender (for/to do sth) The company won a tender to start an analogue cellular network.
put sth out to tender The drilling rights have been put out to tender.

[ C ] also tender offer FINANCE, STOCK MARKET an occasion when a company sells new shares to those who make offers for them above a particular lowest price. The company calculates the strike price (= final price to be paid) in relation to the total demand and the prices offered:

All tenders above the strike price will be accepted.
Shares in the insurance group will be sold through tenders.
They made a cash tender of $15.50 per share.
The share tender was over-subscribed.
If you buy shares in the retail tender offer, they will be free of transfer charges for up to 42 days after allocation.


uk /ˈtendər/ us

[ I or T ] COMMERCE to make a formal offer to supply goods or do a job for an agreed price:

It will be better still if competitors in poor countries can tender successfully.
tender to do sth The company is tendering to clean the Millennium Dome.
tender for sth Next month companies will be invited to tender for a new international telecommunications system.

[ I or T ] FINANCE, STOCK MARKET to make a formal offer to buy or sell shares at a stated price:

Unit holders are under no obligation to tender their shares.
About 7 million of their shares had been tendered under the offer.
tender sth to sb/sth The company tendered its shares to BP for 500p cash.
tender into sth They gave security holders an additional opportunity to tender into the offer.

[ T ] formal to give or offer something:

You will have no option but to tender your resignation.
He tendered a delivery note for signature.
She tendered a plea of no contest.
tender sth as sth A check was tendered as payment.

(Definition of “tender” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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All that, though, can be, and is to be, required and put into effect by the conditions on the offering of contracts for tender.
Presently these ferry services are being put out to tender in communities where they are the sole mode of transport connecting island communities to the mainland.
As it is a matter of the most tender age group of all, the under three-year-olds, precaution is really relevant here.
What 'unbundled access to the local loop' actually does is force public operators to put the leasing of public telephone lines out to commercial tender as soon as possible.
They should have been, and an undertaking was given that they would be before a tender was awarded, but they were not consulted.
In terms of social and economic criteria this must be done in an open and non-discriminatory way as part of the published tender.
The line we take is that it cannot, as a general rule, be excluded from the scope of procurement law, but nor should it be subject to general tender.
The social dialogue is a tender plant.
The same fate would befall their daughters at the tender age of twenty; nowadays, their grandchildren suffer from this deadly disease as young as two.
Finally, the invitations to tender relating to this programme will draw the attention of candidates to this possibility of supplementary financing.