tend toward

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 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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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.
See also: tend, toward
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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"I tend toward the creative side and he tends toward the business side."
Rather than seeking inspiration from this melting pot of cultures, however, models for the development of tourism tend toward Eurocentric scenographic solutions.
Such interactions are best understood as dynamic systems that tend toward stable patterns but that can change in response to pressure applied at key times, contend Patterson and psychologist Isabela Granic of the University of Toronto.
In such a career, the best that can be hoped for is increasing refinement of a given set of strategies--which may well be a worthy goal, but one that will, I think, inevitably tend toward irrelevance.
Although her politics tend toward radical libertarianism, she sees some benefit to "some of what is being done in the name of SarbOx compliance," along with a lot of burdensome requirements that make little sense.
Some studies have shown that people who eat fish tend to consume less meat and cheese, and may tend toward eating other healthy foods like vegetables and brown rice.
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Fishermen are known for telling tales of their catches that tend toward exaggeration.
Louis) tend toward revitalization of derelict inner-city properties and brownfields.
The narrative is readable and the writing fairly competent, although the characterizations tend toward the two-dimensional.
Cicatricial pemphigoid is a chronic, systemic, autoimmune disease characterized by progressive bullous skin and mucous membrane lesions that tend toward scarring and involution.
For his part, Brown goes on with a metacritical discussion of the nature and limits of historical understanding itself, a discussion that concludes with the judicious acknowledgement that the "abstracting, genera lizing, and universalizing tendencies" of theoretical models need to be resisted" (49) where they tend toward the homogenization of a world more complex than most scholarly theories can admit.
Therefore, they are sacred and bear specialized properties that tend toward the supernatural.
In fact, many journals that tend toward highly quantitative articles request that referees assess a manuscript's potential for being understood by readers who are not prepared to assimilate the quantitative content.
The three discursive complexes which Olaniyan identifies (Eurocentric, Afrocentric, and post-Afrocentric) all tend toward expressive and performative propositions of culture and identity, Olaniyan argues.