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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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References in classic literature ?
Owing to this struggle for life, any variation, however slight and from whatever cause proceeding, if it be in any degree profitable to an individual of any species, in its infinitely complex relations to other organic beings and to external nature, will tend to the preservation of that individual, and will generally be inherited by its offspring.
A struggle for existence inevitably follows from the high rate at which all organic beings tend to increase.
The chance comparison in this chapter, between the whale and the elephant, so far as some aspects of the tail of the one and the trunk of the other are concerned, should not tend to place those two opposite organs on an equality, much less the creatures to which they respectively belong.
That article would well bear this rate of duty; and if it should tend to diminish the consumption of it, such an effect would be equally favorable to the agriculture, to the economy, to the morals, and to the health of the society.
And she would still brush and carefully tend Maggie's hair, which she had become reconciled to, in spite of its refusal to curl, now it was so long and massy.
Also, the sales comparison approach is most applicable in understanding the fee simple interest of owner-occupied properties whereas, for leased buildings, it tends to be considered a secondary methodology for estimating market value.
This technique scrutinizes a specific segment of the microbes' genomes, called 16S ribosomal DNA, that tends to vary from species to species but is similar in closely related species.
Third, remind your staff that regardless of the camper's diagnosis, camp tends to be a unique environment.
Still, Santa Monica College spokesman Bruce Smith said that while the campus' size, proximity and long relationship with UCLA are among the reasons for its success, it simply tends to attract more students who want to transfer to the four-year school.
Military and government service, particularly in the weapons systems acquisition communities, tends to appeal to a certain type of person.
Smaller ACLs: Because a woman's ACL is smaller, and she tends to have less overall muscular strength to support the knee than male athletes do, a woman's ACL is at a greater risk of tearing because of the load placed on it during sport.
In common practice, the problem is addressed by screw cooling, which tends to stabilize the solid plug and prevent premature breakup, and by the use of mixing devices, which add energy to help complete melting and thermally homogenize the melt prior to discharge.
The cost of Staging solutions tends to be much higher than traditional tape; however, this is a secondary concern to speeding backups.
Nonetheless, his work still tends toward more intimate concerns that often deal with the relation (or lack thereof) between artist and social context.
Since there are greater numbers of elderly women and women utilize services more readily, practice tends to be female-centered.