tend to do

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 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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I submit that in the auto industry, the companies that tend to do the first are the supplier companies, the ones from which the greatest number of innovations emerge.
Girls tend to do more of the slender, delicate cutting across the wrist areas, or they'll cut on the back of their legs, while boys tend to bruise their arms or legs or will burn their arms with cigarettes," says Ponton.
As Showalter argued, refugees from academia tend to do extremely well in a variety of professions.
It might also allow schools to fill sudden needs without hiring adjuncts--the slave labor of the academic world--as they currently tend to do.
But on the palette of the world, it's all about human nature; it's all about the things people tend to do when they have a chance to do them.
The one fast food chain that does not rely on heavy lunch traffic is Dunkin' Donuts, who tend to do 85 percent of their business before noon.
People and institutions tend to do tomorrow what they did yesterday," argues Spira.