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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 and gentleKind and thoughtful

tender adjective (PAINFUL)

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

tender adjective (SOFT)

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

tender adjective (YOUNG)

C2 literary young: He was sent off to boarding school at the tender age of seven.Describing people who are young
tenderly
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
Tender and gentleKind and thoughtful
tenderness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
Tender and gentleKind and thoughtfulPain and painful

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.Recruiting staff, applying for and accepting jobs [I] specialized finance & economics If you tender for something such as shares, you make a formal offer to buy them for a stated price.Competing and contending (non-sporting)Competing in sport [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).Giving, providing and supplying

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.Business and commerce - general words specialized finance & economics a written offer to buy or sell shares in a companyFinancial investments and the stock marketBuying and selling in general 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.Making appeals and requestsGiving, providing and supplying

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 serviceFire serviceFire and flameTrucks, vans and caravansTrains and parts of trains

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)
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