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Tender meaning

tender - 28 dictionary results

  1. 1. make a tender of; in legal settlements
  2. 2. offer or present for acceptance
  3. 3. propose a payment; " The Swiss dealer offered $ 2 million for the painting"
  4. 4. easy to cut or chew; " tender beef"
  5. 5. given to sympathy or gentleness or sentimentality; " a tender heart"; " a tender smile"; " tender loving care"; " tender memories"; " a tender mother"
  6. 6. One who tends; one who takes care of any person or thing; a nurse.
  7. 7. A vessel employed to attend other vessels, to supply them with provisions and other stores, to convey intelligence, or the like.
  8. 8. A car attached to a locomotive, for carrying a supply of fuel and water.
  9. 9. To offer in payment or satisfaction of a demand, in order to save a penalty or forfeiture; as, to tender the amount of rent or debt.
  10. 10. To offer in words; to present for acceptance.
  11. 11. An offer, either of money to pay a debt, or of service to be performed, in order to save a penalty or forfeiture, which would be incurred by nonpayment or nonperformance; as, the tender of rent due, or of the amount of a note, with interest.
  12. 12. Any offer or proposal made for acceptance; as, a tender of a loan, of service, or of friendship; a tender of a bid for a contract.
  13. 13. The thing offered; especially, money offered in payment of an obligation.
  14. 14. Easily impressed, broken, bruised, or injured; not firm or hard; delicate; as, tender plants; tender flesh; tender fruit.
  15. 15. Sensible to impression and pain; easily pained.
  16. 16. Physically weak; not hardly or able to endure hardship; immature; effeminate.
  17. 17. Susceptible of the softer passions, as love, compassion, kindness; compassionate; pitiful; anxious for another's good; easily excited to pity, forgiveness, or favor; sympathetic.
  18. 18. Exciting kind concern; dear; precious.
  19. 19. Unwilling to cause pain; gentle; mild.
  20. 20. Adapted to excite feeling or sympathy; expressive of the softer passions; pathetic; as, tender expressions; tender expostulations; a tender strain.
  21. 21. Apt to give pain; causing grief or pain; delicate; as, a tender subject.
  22. 22. Regard; care; kind concern.
  23. 23. To have a care of; to be tender toward; hence, to regard; to esteem; to value.
  24. 24. Careful to save inviolate, or not to injure; - with of.
  25. 25. Heeling over too easily when under sail; - said of a vessel.
  26. 26. Small vessel that attends a larger; car that carries fuel, & c., for a locomotive.
  27. 27. Soft; delicate; easily injured; easily moved to pity or love; careful not to harm; sensitive to pain; expressive of love, pity, & c.
  28. 28. To offer.

tender - examples of usage

  1. At first he made himself believe that Katharine had treated him badly, and drew comfort from the thought that, left alone, she would recollect this, and think of him and tender him, in silence, at any rate, an apology. - "Night and Day", Virginia Woolf.
  2. She saw how thin and miserable Peter looked, and tears of pity filled the soft, gentle eyes of little Miss Fuzzytail, for, you see, she had a very tender heart. - "Mrs. Peter Rabbit", Thornton W. Burgess.
  3. In imagination he saw him taking care of Mavis, when she was young and tender, and scarcely knew right from wrong. - "The Devil's Garden", W. B. Maxwell.
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