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adjective tender pronunciation in British English /ˈtendə(r)/
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  1. 1
    tender food is soft and easy to cut and eat

    Cook for an hour or until the meat is tender.

  2. 2
    if a part of your body is tender, it has been injured and is painful when you touch it
  3. 3
    gentle in a way that shows that you care about someone or something

    Her voice was low and tender.

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tenderly

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