Etymology
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tend (v.1)

"to incline, to move in a certain direction," early 14c., from Old French tendre "stretch out, hold forth, hand over, offer" (11c.), from Latin tendere "to stretch, extend, make tense; aim, direct; direct oneself, hold a course," from PIE root *ten- "to stretch."

tend (v.2)

"attend to," c. 1200, a shortening of Middle English atenden (see attend).

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Definitions of tend

tend (v.)
have a tendency or disposition to do or be something; be inclined;
She tends to be nervous before her lectures
Synonyms: be given / lean / incline / run
tend (v.)
have care of or look after;
She tends to the children
tend (v.)
manage or run;
tend a store
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