KJV Dictionary Definition: tend
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.
TEND'ED, pp. Attended; taken care of; nursed; as an infant, or a sick person.
TEND'ING, ppr. Having a certain direction; taking care of.
TEND'ING, n. In seaman's language, a swinging round or movement of a ship upon her anchor.