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.

Definitions of tend
  1. verb
    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
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    take kindly to
    be willing or inclined to accept
    be given to
    move toward
    type of:
    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  2. verb
    have care of or look after
    “She tends to the children”
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    work in the garden
    tend as a shepherd, as of sheep or goats
    do landscape gardening
    type of:
    attend, look, see, take care
    take charge of or deal with
  3. verb
    manage or run
    tend a store”
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    stir up or tend; of a fire
    type of:
    mind, take care
    be in charge of or deal with
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