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tend         

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      vb   when intr, usually foll by: to or towards  
1    when tr, takes an infinitive   to have a general disposition (to do something); be inclined  
children tend to prefer sweets to meat     
2    intr   to have or be an influence (towards a specific result); be conducive  
the party atmosphere tends to hilarity     
3    intr   to go or move (in a particular direction)  
to tend to the south     
     (C14: from Old French tendre, from Latin tendere to stretch)  
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tend          [2]  
      vb  
1    tr   to care for  
to tend wounded soldiers     
2    when intr, often foll by: to   to attend (to)  
to tend to someone's needs     
3    tr   to handle or control  
to tend a fire     
4    intr; often foll by: to  
Informal     (chiefly U.S. and Canadian)   to pay attention  
     (C14: variant of attend)  

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tend         

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      vb  
1    be apt, be biased, be disposed, be inclined, be liable, be likely, gravitate, have a leaning, have an inclination, have a tendency, incline, lean, trend  
2    aim, bear, be conducive, conduce, contribute, go, head, influence, lead, make for, move, point  

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tend          [2]  
      vb   attend, care for, cater to, control, cultivate, feed, guard, handle, keep, keep an eye on, look after, maintain, manage, minister to, nurse, nurture, protect, see to, serve, take care of, wait on, watch, watch over  
  
Antonyms     
   disregard, ignore, neglect, overlook, shirk  

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Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
exp.
expression used to describe an attempt to organize a difficult or unpredictable situation; trying to coordinate a group of people who tend to act chaotically
[Bus.] E.g: Some say that managing a team is herding cats.
n.
a leaky tap that tends to spray water over ones trousers whenever used.
exp.
expression meaning that someone who is not happy tends to find comfort in seeing others unhappy too
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