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noun [countable]     tendency pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    a strong chance that something will happen in a particular way
    a tendency (for someone/something) to do something:

    There’s a tendency for a new manager to make changes.

    have a tendency to do something:

    You have a tendency to avoid arguments.

  2. 2
    an attitude, habit, or situation that is starting to develop in a particular way

    an increasing/growing tendency

    a tendency (for someone/something) to do something:

    The tendency is for students to research on the Internet.

    a tendency toward something:

    We continue to see a tendency toward globalization of brands.



giving birth to a baby in the presence of a large number of close relatives and/or friends

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a condition when a person cannot see clearly objects that are close; long sightedness

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