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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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It is difficult to plan the hunt for tending bucks from an equally systematic angle.
You are not trying to ambush a buck in this spot (though it may happen to work out that way) as much as you are trying to see a buck tending a doe.
Tip of the Month: Sneaking up on a tending buck is easier than you think.
However, current uncertainties with regard to how soon and to what extent various factors tending to inhibit the growth in M2 would dissipate argued for caution in making any change to the range now.
SVIA already uses ABB robots across its innovative portfolio of machine tending solutions.
The strong interest in robotic machine tending automation is being driven by the need to enhance productivity and flexibility as production shifts towards smaller lots of more diverse products.
SVIA will become part of the Robotics business unit of ABBs Discrete Automation and Motion division, and its global application center for machine tending.
In a patriarchal and capitalist society the "woman's work" of tending to households and families is invisible and endless, meaning that the women who do it will be underpaid and overworked, all the more so when they are poor women of color from another country.
By the time Columbus stumbled upon the Americas, the sweet potato, which had originated in the Andes, was growing in Polynesia, and East African farmers were tending Asian bananas and rice.
When Hazelden published Connie Goldman and Richard Mahler's Tending the Earth, Mending the Spirit: The Healing Gifts of Gardening last year, they were affirming gardening is in essence spiritual.
According to Everts, who planned these events, it was the generosity of Valley Bookseller's Joci Tilsen offering her store for four fundraising readings from Tending the Earth that truly got the project off the ground.
The new ECPINS(R) systems will be delivered in 2001 for installation onboard several new Juniper Class Seagoing buoy tending ships currently under construction.
The US Coast Guard uses Offshore's ECPINS(R) system on its WLM and WLB buoy tending vessels.
Moreover, the fiscal problems of state and local governments were tending to erode consumer confidence in some parts of the country, and associated fiscal restraint measures would limit the growth in disposable incomes in those areas.