Definition of “tend” - English Dictionary

“tend” in British English

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tendverb

uk /tend/ us /tend/

tend verb (CARE)

[ T ] formal to care for something or someone:

He carefully tended his sunflower plants.
The nurse gently tended the patient's cuts and bruises.

Phrasal verb(s)

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

“tend” in American English

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tendverb

us /tend/

tend verb (BE LIKELY)

[ I ] to be likely to happen or to have a particular characteristic or effect:

We tend to eat at home.
Children tend to be like their parents.

tend verb (CARE)

[ T ] to care for something or someone:

He carefully tends his garden all summer.

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