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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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Third, remind your staff that regardless of the camper's diagnosis, camp tends to be a unique environment.
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.
Backup to standard ATA Libraries tends to be extremely fast and easy to implement, but also extremely expensive.
While men tend to view success in purely financial terms, women tend to have a more complex view of what being successful means.
Women tend to be more intuitive grievers and often share their feelings with friends and family members as they move through the grieving process.
We tend to identify language with culture, thinking they're the same thing.
Specialty papers tend to be more defined by marketing terms (short runs, limited customer base, high margins) than by technical attributes.
As people become less interested in and less focused on another person, they tend to angle their bodies away.
Bullies tend to be confident, impulsive (acting on the spur of the moment), and popular.
In the process, these writers "took stock of what they tend to call the 'circumstances' of their faith," specifically, the "historical, imaginative, ritualistic, social, epistemological, and natural conditions in which English Protestantism tends to lapse, struggle, and thrive" (1).
Apparently, self-oriented perfectionists tend to set and to pursue rigid and unrealistically high standards for themselves, and to undertake stringent self-appraisal in an attempt to attain perfectionism and to avoid failure (Hewitt & Flett, 1991a, 1991b).
The other most-cited think tanks tend to be conservative ones like the Heritage Foundation and the American Enterprise Institute.