This is an interesting word… tend means (via the online Oxford dictionary) one of two general things for my purpose: The first, and most often used by me is to [r]egularly or frequently behave in a particular way or have a certain characteristic. As in, I tend to say “totally” when I speak and write, even though I know it grates people’s nerves. But it’s a habit I totally won’t drop. ^_^
The second definition most often used by me, but less frequently so, is to [c]are for or look after; give one’s attention to. As in, I try to tend to my plants as often as I can, but they’re looking a little peaked. I don’t know if I’ve overwatered them or under watered them. ^_^ Maybe a bit of both. Ha!
The first definition comes from (via etymology online) — did y’all think I’d give definitions without an etymology? Are you new? Welcome! ^_^ Anyway, the first definition, depending on the inference, comes from either Old French or Old Latin… here’s what Etymology online says: “to incline, to move in a certain direction,” early 14c., from Old French tendre “stretch out, hold forth, hand over, offer” (11c.), from Latin tendere “to stretch, extend, make tense; aim, direct; direct oneself, hold a course,” from PIE root *ten– “to stretch.” I this word a lot in my discourse because it’s a handy word and I don’t see any reason not to.
The second definitions origins are pretty straightforward. It’s a shortening of “to attend” or (again via etymology online) “attend to,” c. 1200, a shortening of Middle English atenden. and I’ve been known to use this meaning of the word too. As in “Tend to your own business.” There are, of course other definitions of the word, but I don’t generally use them in my conversations. I mean, they might pop up now and again, but the above definitions are what I usually favor.
And that’s all I can think of to say about that word. Not exciting, I know, but hey, at least it’s something. I could bore y’all with more Photoshop… 😛