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tenderadjective

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)







"tender" in British English

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tenderadjective

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

tenderverb

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] (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.
  • 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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"tender" in Business English

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tendernoun

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.

tenderverb

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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