tend toward (something)

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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 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 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 ?
Kennedy remarked that the route tended toward the south; but this direction was satisfactory to the doctor, who desired to reconnoitre the tracks of his predecessors as much as possible.
Under the centripetal force, the base of the projectile tended toward the moon; but the centrifugal still prevailed; and it was probable that its rectilineal course would be changed to a curve of some sort, the nature of which they could not at present determine.
He saw that these tracks tended toward the wall; on the other side he found similar tracks, then footprints of horses and then signs of a troop of cavalry which had moved away in the direction of Enghien.
Dorothea, who was shrewd and sprightly, and by this time thoroughly understood Don Quixote's crazy turn, and that all except Sancho Panza were making game of him, not to be behind the rest said to him, on observing his irritation, "Sir Knight, remember the boon you have promised me, and that in accordance with it you must not engage in any other adventure, be it ever so pressing; calm yourself, for if the licentiate had known that the galley slaves had been set free by that unconquered arm he would have stopped his mouth thrice over, or even bitten his tongue three times before he would have said a word that tended towards disrespect of your worship."
Ratings outlooks and watches have also tended toward the negative, though less so compared to last year.
His work follows in the tradition of other great architectural photographers, like Julius Shulman, but whereas Shulman tended toward more glamorous settings, Singalovski focuses on two of the most scorned architectural styles in Israel, or anywhere really: modernist apartment blocks, and Brutalism, both of which are closely identified with Israel's early history.
Other common threads running through the essays are Pearce's fondness for distributism (which he rather glibly equates with Leo XIII's idea of subsidiarity); his abhorrence for communism and fascism (though he empathizes with those who tended toward the latter out of hatred for the former); his distaste for postmodernism; and the drama of his own personal conversion to Catholicism (the seeds of which were planted by his reading of Chesterton's The Outline of Sanity).
The findings indicated that although the instructors tended toward the andragogical, there was still a significant difference between the teaching styles practiced and the students' preference for teaching style.
Younger purchasers were more likely to choose lower deductible plans, and older purchasers tended toward higher deductibles, but the differences were small.
Younger purchasers were more likely to choose lower-deductible plans, and older purchasers tended toward higher deductibles, but the differences were small.
The Deutsche Oper under the direction of Sylviane Bayard has tended toward the adventurous modern with its recent productions of Mario Schroder's The Wall to the music of Pink Floyd, and Heinz Spoerli's Ein Sommernachtstraum (A Midsummer Night's Dream) to the music of Mendelssohn, Steve Reich, and Philip Glass.
Americanists have tended toward the position that adoption has a uniquely American history, with its relatively early formalization as a legal institution indicating compatibility with such cherished traditions as democracy and immigration.
Reagan congealed the Republican Party's rightward flank at a time when its Washington establishment tended toward the center.
Meanwhile, the predominantly male audience members mostly behaved themselves, though their shouts of encouragement tended toward the "Way to go, you big nelly girl!" variety.
Residents who tended toward lethargy became more attentive and awake around the aquariums, therefore increasing food intake.