Hypertext Webster Gateway: "tending"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Tend \Tend\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Tended}; p. pr. & vb. n.
{Tending}.] [Aphetic form of attend. See {Attend}, {Tend} to
move, and cf. {Tender} one that tends or attends.]
1. To accompany as an assistant or protector; to care for the
wants of; to look after; to watch; to guard; as, shepherds
tend their flocks. --Shak.

And flaming ministers to watch and tend Their
earthly charge. --Milton.

There 's not a sparrow or a wren, There 's not a
blade of autumn grain, Which the four seasons do not
tend And tides of life and increase lend. --Emerson.

2. To be attentive to; to note carefully; to attend to.

Being to descend A ladder much in height, I did not
tend My way well down. --Chapman.

{To tend a vessel} (Naut.), to manage an anchored vessel when
the tide turns, so that in swinging she shall not entangle
the cable.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj : (usually followed by `to') naturally disposed toward; "he is
apt to ignore matters he considers unimportant"; "I am
not minded to answer any questions" [syn: {apt(p)}, {disposed(p)},
{given(p)}, {minded(p)}, {tending(p)}]
n : the work of caring for or attending to someone or something;
"no medical care was required"; "the old car needed
constant attention" [syn: {care}, {attention}, {aid}]

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