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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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Many interventions are established as process-oriented events tending to reflect traditional affective, relational exchanges.
I see tending more often with mature bucks than with immature bucks, which leads me to believe the doe is also content to let things play out the easy way.
By tending to her inner and outer worlds one step at a time, as she is led in this bio-spiritual transition, she embraces Life anew.
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By the time of graduate school, we would expect even greater negative skewness, as students become the more select, with the less capable students tending to drop out of school.
Many sisters fought in the civil rights movement, working to effect change, only to find themselves left cooking, tending babies, or footing the bills for the household.
On the more positive side, anecdotal impressions from several cities suggested that prices and lease terms of office and other commercial structures were tending to stabilize, though the volume of actual transactions remained quite limited.
Broadness of molecular weights for EPDM can range from very broad to very narrow polymers, with the broader polymers tending to handle better on mills and calenders.
In Global Woman: Nannies, Maids and Sex Workers in the New Economy (Metropolitan, 2002) Barbara Ehrenreich and Arlie Russell Hochschild report that more and more of the nannies, housekeepers, and caregivers tending to our homes, children, and elders are underpaid and unprotected women of color from the other side of the tracks or the global village.
Craig said he has found solace through gardening since he began tending his plot some five years ago.
They also have a refined visual texture that's at the same time silky and grained, their soft grays tending on inspection to decompose into a fine particulate mist.
When researchers removed the ants tending to it, the growth of the fungus garden slowed.
The access of lending institutions to the capital markets had improved, and there were increasing indications, not yet reflected in the loan data, that banks were seeking lending opportunities more actively in many parts of the country and that loan demand from small and medium-size businesses was tending to revive.
To test this idea, Starks established colonies of labeled wasps in a greenhouse and noted which captive wasps were tending nests and which were unaffiliated.