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

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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.
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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It is difficult to plan the hunt for tending bucks from an equally systematic angle.
You are not trying to ambush a buck in this spot (though it may happen to work out that way) as much as you are trying to see a buck tending a doe.
Tip of the Month: Sneaking up on a tending buck is easier than you think.
In a patriarchal and capitalist society the "woman's work" of tending to households and families is invisible and endless, meaning that the women who do it will be underpaid and overworked, all the more so when they are poor women of color from another country.
However, the factors that were tending to depress broad money growth in relation to measures of economic and price performance were likely to persist, and the extent and duration of deviations from historic relationships were highly uncertain.
However, current uncertainties with regard to how soon and to what extent various factors tending to inhibit the growth in M2 would dissipate argued for caution in making any change to the range now.
By the time Columbus stumbled upon the Americas, the sweet potato, which had originated in the Andes, was growing in Polynesia, and East African farmers were tending Asian bananas and rice.
AS: More a kind of anxiety of inclusion, strategically necessary perhaps but tending to enumerations of all things good, exhortations to take the best from a variety of approaches.
Continuing constraints on the availability of loans for land acquisition and construction might also be a factor tending to inhibit construction activity, at least currently.
Moreover, the fiscal problems of state and local governments were tending to erode consumer confidence in some parts of the country, and associated fiscal restraint measures would limit the growth in disposable incomes in those areas.