tend - definition and synonyms


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present tense
present participletending
past tensetended
past participletended
  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 about 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 towards:

      Her study found that sociologists tended towards liberalism and radicalism.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to take care of someone or something
    tend to:

    I have to tend to the children before I go out.

  3. 3
    [intransitive] to change or develop in a particular direction
    tend towards/upwards/downwards:

    Housing prices have tended upwards.

    I think they will tend towards stricter controls.