tend

If you manage, run, or work at a store, you can say you tend it. If you tend the bar in a restaurant, for example, you serve drinks, dry glasses, and fill dishes with pretzels.

You can also say you tend something if you care for it. You have to tend a vegetable garden, for example, if you expect to harvest more vegetables than weeds. If you are inclined to do something, then you tend to do that thing. You might tend to let your homework go until the last minute and then stay up all night to get it done — probably not the most efficient way to go about it.

Primary Meanings of tend

1.
v
have a tendency or disposition to do or be something; be inclined
2.
v
have care of or look after
Full Definitions of tend
1

v have a tendency or disposition to do or be something; be inclined

“She tends to be nervous before her lectures”
Synonyms:
be given, incline, lean, run
Types:
take kindly to
be willing or inclined to accept
suffer
be given to
gravitate
move toward
Type of:
be
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
2

v have care of or look after

“She tends to the children”
Types:
garden
work in the garden
shepherd
tend as a shepherd, as of sheep or goats
landscape
do landscape gardening
Type of:
attend, look, see, take care
take charge of or deal with

v manage or run

tend a store”
Types:
stoke
stir up or tend; of a fire
Type of:
mind, take care
be in charge of or deal with

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