tend toward

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tend toward (something)

To have a tendency or be inclined or disposed to display some behavior or characteristic. The author's work tends toward the harsh, gloomy realities of the world, but she always maintains a vein of persistent hopefulness in all her stories. His fiscal policies tend toward conservatism, while his social policies tend toward liberalism.
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tend toward something

to have a tendency to display a certain characteristic. Roger tends toward the dramatic. We all tend toward bad humor during bad weather.
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tend toward

1. To have a tendency toward something: Most kinds of paint tend toward peeling over time.
2. To be disposed or inclined toward something: Many children tend toward exaggeration.
3. To move or extend in some direction: Our ship tended toward the northern coast.
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Rather than seeking inspiration from this melting pot of cultures, however, models for the development of tourism tend toward Eurocentric scenographic solutions.
Although her politics tend toward radical libertarianism, she sees some benefit to "some of what is being done in the name of SarbOx compliance," along with a lot of burdensome requirements that make little sense.
Some studies have shown that people who eat fish tend to consume less meat and cheese, and may tend toward eating other healthy foods like vegetables and brown rice.
But unlike these younger, more urbanized artists, whose influences tend toward the Pop-ish and faux outsider, Brophy sinks his foundations into painting's historical loam, tapping unfashionable veins of German Romanticism, Renaissance portraiture, and the landscape paintings of Albert Bierstadt and Frederic Edwin Church.
Fishermen are known for telling tales of their catches that tend toward exaggeration.
The narrative is readable and the writing fairly competent, although the characterizations tend toward the two-dimensional.
Louis) tend toward revitalization of derelict inner-city properties and brownfields.
A classic study in 1979 demonstrated that great tits living in dense woods tend toward songs simpler than the more ornamented vocalizations of birds living in areas with more open ground.
For his part, Brown goes on with a metacritical discussion of the nature and limits of historical understanding itself, a discussion that concludes with the judicious acknowledgement that the "abstracting, genera lizing, and universalizing tendencies" of theoretical models need to be resisted" (49) where they tend toward the homogenization of a world more complex than most scholarly theories can admit.
By doing so it insists that our nature, our resting state, is to love our surroundings - that even in times of loss and against our will we tend toward that state; like the blind who are still commanded to bless the new moon, the mourner "must bless what is wonderful even though he cannot see it.
The three discursive complexes which Olaniyan identifies (Eurocentric, Afrocentric, and post-Afrocentric) all tend toward expressive and performative propositions of culture and identity, Olaniyan argues.
Nowadays, with prices relatively firm and the massive reserves of developing nations entering the market, a CEO's priorities tend toward cost control and productivity improvements.
The movement of the molecules in a liquid and the chains in a rubber both tend toward positions of highest disorientation, or highest entropy.
For example, local police forces have a large employee constituency of lower-middle-class people, and a client constituency of poor people (the class from which most crime victims and criminals come)--so they tend toward corruption and inefficiency.
His quantitative and qualitative comparisons of the posts tend toward the superficial here, and reinforce existing characterizations of male interaction of the Gilded Age rather than commenting upon the unique nature of the veteran's role.