tend 2 (tĕnd)
v. tend·ed, tend·ing, tends
1. To have the care of; watch over; look after: tend a child.
2. To manage the activities and transactions of; run: tend bar; tend a store in the owner's absence.
1. To be an attendant or servant.
2. To apply one's attention; attend: no time to tend to my diary.
[Middle English tenden, short for attenden, to wait on; see ATTEND.]
Synonyms: tend2, attend, mind, minister, watch
These verbs mean to have the care or supervision of something: tended her plants; attends the sick; minded the neighbor's children; ministered to flood victims; watched the house while the owners were away.
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