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English Dictionary: tender by the DICT Development Group
7 results for tender
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. given to sympathy or gentleness or sentimentality; "a tender heart"; "a tender smile"; "tender loving care"; "tender memories"; "a tender mother"
    Antonym(s): tough
  2. hurting; "the tender spot on his jaw"
    Synonym(s): sensitive, sore, raw, tender
  3. young and immature; "at a tender age"
  4. having or displaying warmth or affection; "affectionate children"; "a fond embrace"; "fond of his nephew"; "a tender glance"; "a warm embrace"
    Synonym(s): affectionate, fond, lovesome, tender, warm
  5. easy to cut or chew; "tender beef"
    Antonym(s): tough
  6. physically untoughened; "tender feet"
    Synonym(s): tender, untoughened
    Antonym(s): tough, toughened
  7. (used of boats) inclined to heel over easily under sail
    Synonym(s): crank, cranky, tender, tippy
  8. (of plants) not hardy; easily killed by adverse growing condition; "tender green shoots"
  1. something that can be used as an official medium of payment
    Synonym(s): tender, legal tender, stamp
  2. someone who waits on or tends to or attends to the needs of another
    Synonym(s): attendant, attender, tender
  3. a formal proposal to buy at a specified price
    Synonym(s): bid, tender
  4. car attached to a locomotive to carry fuel and water
  5. a boat for communication between ship and shore
    Synonym(s): tender, ship's boat, pinnace, cutter
  6. ship that usually provides supplies to other ships
    Synonym(s): tender, supply ship
  1. offer or present for acceptance
  2. propose a payment; "The Swiss dealer offered $2 million for the painting"
    Synonym(s): offer, bid, tender
  3. make a tender of; in legal settlements
  4. make tender or more tender as by marinating, pounding, or applying a tenderizer; "tenderize meat"
    Synonym(s): tender, tenderize, tenderise
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Tender \Tend"er\, n. [From {Tend} to attend. Cf. {Attender}.]
      1. One who tends; one who takes care of any person or thing;
            a nurse.
      2. (Naut.) A vessel employed to attend other vessels, to
            supply them with provisions and other stores, to convey
            intelligence, or the like.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Tender \Ten"der\, a. [Compar. {Tenderer}; superl. {Tenderest}.]
      [F. tendre, L. tener; probably akin to tenuis thin. See
      1. Easily impressed, broken, bruised, or injured; not firm or
            hard; delicate; as, tender plants; tender flesh; tender
      2. Sensible to impression and pain; easily pained.
                     Our bodies are not naturally more tender than our
                     faces.                                                --L'Estrange.
      3. Physically weak; not hardly or able to endure hardship;
            immature; effeminate.
                     The tender and delicate woman among you. --Deut.
                                                                              xxviii. 56.
      4. Susceptible of the softer passions, as love, compassion,
            kindness; compassionate; pitiful; anxious for another's
            good; easily excited to pity, forgiveness, or favor;
                     The Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.
                                                                              --James v. 11.
                     I am choleric by my nature, and tender by my temper.
      5. Exciting kind concern; dear; precious.
                     I love Valentine, Whose life's as tender to me as my
                     soul!                                                --Shak.
      6. Careful to save inviolate, or not to injure; -- with of.
            [bd]Tender of property.[b8] --Burke.
                     The civil authority should be tender of the honor of
                     God and religion.                              --Tillotson.
      7. Unwilling to cause pain; gentle; mild.
                     You, that are thus so tender o'er his follies, Will
                     never do him good.                              --Shak.
      8. Adapted to excite feeling or sympathy; expressive of the
            softer passions; pathetic; as, tender expressions; tender
            expostulations; a tender strain.
      9. Apt to give pain; causing grief or pain; delicate; as, a
            tender subject. [bd]Things that are tender and
            unpleasing.[b8] --Bacon.
      10. (Naut.) Heeling over too easily when under sail; -- said
            of a vessel.
      Note: Tender is sometimes used in the formation of
               self-explaining compounds; as, tender-footed,
               tender-looking, tender-minded, tender-mouthed, and the
      Syn: Delicate; effeminate; soft; sensitive; compassionate;
               kind; humane; merciful; pitiful.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Tender \Ten"der\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Tendered}; p. pr. & vb.
      n. {Tendering}.] [F. tendre to stretch, stretch out, reach,
      L. tendere. See {Tend} to move.]
      1. (Law) 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.
      2. To offer in words; to present for acceptance.
                     You see how all conditions, how all minds, . . .
                     tender down Their services to Lord Timon. --Shak.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Tender \Ten"der\, n.
      1. (Law) 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.
      Note: To constitute a legal tender, such money must be
               offered as the law prescribes. So also the tender must
               be at the time and place where the rent or debt ought
               to be paid, and it must be to the full amount due.
      2. 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.
                     A free, unlimited tender of the gospel. --South.
      3. The thing offered; especially, money offered in payment of
            an obligation. --Shak.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Tender \Ten"der\, n. [Cf. F. tendre.]
      Regard; care; kind concern. [Obs.] --Shak.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Tender \Ten"der\, v. t.
      To have a care of; to be tender toward; hence, to regard; to
      esteem; to value. [Obs.]
               For first, next after life, he tendered her good.
               Tender yourself more dearly.                  --Shak.
               To see a prince in want would move a miser's charity.
               Our western princes tendered his case, which they
               counted might be their own.                     --Fuller.
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