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.