TEND, verb transitive [contracted from attend, Latin 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, verb transitive [Latin 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.