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tend to

1. To focus or apply one's attention to someone or something; to take care of someone or something. You really need to tend to the lawn—it's getting pretty overgrown! I'm taking some time off of work to tend to my daughter while she is sick.
2. To be inclined or have a tendency to do something. Sarah has a lot more experience than me in this aspect of the business, so I tend to defer to her opinions on such matters. I tend not to believe rumors like these until I see some actual evidence.
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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 to do something

to have a tendency to do something. Jill tends to play with her hair while she works. Sam tends to say things like that when he is upset.
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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 to

1. Apply one's attention, as in We should tend to our business, which is to teach youngsters. This term uses tend in the sense of "attend." [1300s]
2. Be disposed or inclined, as in We tend to believe whatever we are told. This term uses tend in the sense of "have a tendency." [c. 1600]
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tend to

To apply one's attention to something; attend to something: I must tend to my chores before I can go outside.
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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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Blumer and Heilbronn (1984) postulated that pain prone individuals tended to deny emotional and interpersonal distress, experienced guilt and depressed mood, and showed an inability to deal with anger and hostility.
These attitudes tended to underscore the need for a sound fiscal policy that in conjunction with the continued implementation of an anti-inflationary monetary policy would foster a reduction in inflationary expectations and would facilitate the eventual achievement of price stability.
Companies indicating their primary property type to be retail tended pay higher compensation than other property types.
Subjects who were formerly macrobiotic tended still to have diets that had less than the recommended level of vitamin [B.
Right-wing Spanish nationalist historiography in its heyday from the late nineteenth through the mid-twentieth century tended to apply the tourist slogan "Spain is different" to the history of the peninsula in the areas of interpretation and periodization.
In those markets, anecdotal reports from around the country tended to confirm recent data indicating some slowing of activity from the pace at the start of the year, but conditions varied substantially across the nation.
It appears that a few very well funded programs tended to substantially affect calculations of the mean, giving a false impression of the typical program.
The KUKA JET robot's enhanced maneuverability allows machines to be tended through narrow openings and parts precisely positioned even within the machine.
Animals with the biggest ranges, such as polar bears, tended to have the highest infant mortality and do a lot of repetitive pacing, report Clubb and her coauthor Georgia Mason.
Those workers who were completely satisfied with their job's pay, their stress level, and the recognition received tended to be completely satisfied with their job.
Whereas the Oscars usually pull around 40 million viewers, the Emmys have tended in recent years to make do with 15 million to 20 million or so.
Here he shows that the lower middle class tended to perpetuate the traditional artisan household, which included members of only the nuclear family plus unrelated journeymen and apprentices, while the upper middle class household often contained an extended family, members of which were involved in the family business, while mere employees of the business were excluded.
It may strike many as odd that when Jean-Claude Margolin wishes to describe Erasmus as the "preceptor of Europe," one of the examples he gives of Erasmian influence centers around the Jesuits, who tended to regard Erasmus as the enemy of all piety.
The federal funds rate remained near 5 3/4 percent, while adjustment plus seasonal borrowing tended to average a little above assumed levels because of somewhat greater usage of adjustment credit.