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verb tend pronunciation in American English /tend/
Word Forms
present tense
present participletending
past tensetended
past participletended
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  1. 1
    [intransitive] to usually do a particular thing
    tend to do something: He tends to exaggerate.
    The gym tends to get very busy at around six o’clock.
    We tend to take technology for granted nowadays.
    These arguments tend merely to confuse the reader.
    tend not to do something: Religion is personal and I tend not to talk about it.
    1. a.
      to usually have a particular quality
      tend toward: Her study found that sociologists tended toward liberalism and radicalism.
  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to take care of someone or something
    Eddie kept himself busy tending the garden.
    Doctors were tending the wounded.
    tend to: I have to tend to the children before I go out.
  3. 3
    [intransitive] to change or develop in a particular direction
    I think they will tend toward stricter controls.
    tend toward/upward/downward: Housing prices have tended upward.



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