TEND, v.t. [contracted from attend, L. attendo; ad and tendo, to stretch.]1. To watch; to guard; to accompany as an assistant or protector. And flaming ministers to watch and tend Their earthly charge-- There is a pleasure in that simplicity, in beholding princes tending their flocks.2. To hold and take care of; as, to tend a child.3. To be attentive to. Unsuck'd of lamb or kid that tend their play.
TEND, v.t. [L. tendo; teneo.]1. To move in a certain direction. Having overheard two gentlemen tending towards that sight-- Here Dardanus was born, and hither tends.2. To be directed to any end or purpose; to aim at; to have or give a leaning. The laws of our religion tend to the universal happiness of mankind.3. To contribute. Our petitions, if granted, might tend to our destruction.4. [for attend.] To attend; to wait as attendants or servants. He tends upon my father. [Colloquial.]5. To attend as something inseparable. [Not in use.]6. To wait; to expect. [Not in use.]7. To swing round an anchor, as a ship.