Definitions for: Tender

[n] ship that usually provides supplies to other ships
[n] a boat for communication between ship and shore
[n] car attached to a locomotive to carry fuel and water
[n] a formal proposal to buy at a specified price
[n] someone who waits on or tends to or attends to the needs of another
[n] something used as an official medium of payment
[adj] (of plants) not hardy; easily killed by adverse growing condition; "tender green shoots"
[adj] having or displaying warmth or affection; "affectionate children"; "caring parents"; "a fond embrace"; "fond of his nephew"; "a tender glance"; "a warm embrace"
[adj] susceptible to physical or emotional injury; "at a tender age"
[adj] hurting; "the tender spot on his jaw"
[adj] (used of boats) inclined to heel over easily under sail
[adj] easy to cut or chew; "tender beef"
[adj] physically untoughened; "tender feet"
[adj] given to sympathy or gentleness or sentimentality; "a tender heart"; "a tender smile"; "tender loving care"; "tender memories"; "a tender mother"
[v] make tender or more tender as by marinating, pounding, or applying a tenderizer; "tenderize meat"
[v] make a tender of; in legal settlements
[v] offer or present for acceptance
[v] propose a payment; as at sales or auctions; "The Swiss dealer offered $2 million for the painting"

Webster (1913) Definition: Tend"er, n. [From Tend to attend. Cf. Attender.]
1. One who tends; one who takes care of any person or thing;
a nurse.

2. (Naut.) A vessel employed to attend other vessels, to
supply them with provisions and other stores, to convey
intelligence, or the like.

3. A car attached to a locomotive, for carrying a supply of
fuel and water.

Ten"der, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tendered; p. pr. & vb.
n. Tendering.] [F. tendre to stretch, stretch out, reach,
L. tendere. See Tend to move.]
1. (Law) To offer in payment or satisfaction of a demand, in
order to save a penalty or forfeiture; as, to tender the
amount of rent or debt.

2. To offer in words; to present for acceptance.

You see how all conditions, how all minds, . . .
tender down Their services to Lord Timon. --Shak.

Ten"der, n.
1. (Law) An offer, either of money to pay a debt, or of
service to be performed, in order to save a penalty or
forfeiture, which would be incurred by nonpayment or
nonperformance; as, the tender of rent due, or of the
amount of a note, with interest.

Note: To constitute a legal tender, such money must be
offered as the law prescribes. So also the tender must
be at the time and place where the rent or debt ought
to be paid, and it must be to the full amount due.

2. Any offer or proposal made for acceptance; as, a tender of
a loan, of service, or of friendship; a tender of a bid
for a contract.

A free, unlimited tender of the gospel. --South.

3. The thing offered; especially, money offered in payment of
an obligation. --Shak.

Legal tender. See under Legal.

Tender of issue (Law), a form of words in a pleading, by
which a party offers to refer the question raised upon it
to the appropriate mode of decision. --Burrill.

Ten"der, a. [Compar. Tenderer; superl. Tenderest.]
[F. tendre, L. tener; probably akin to tenuis thin. See
1. Easily impressed, broken, bruised, or injured; not firm or
hard; delicate; as, tender plants; tender flesh; tender

2. Sensible to impression and pain; easily pained.

Our bodies are not naturally more tender than our
faces. --L'Estrange.

3. Physically weak; not hardly or able to endure hardship;
immature; effeminate.

The tender and delicate woman among you. --Deut.
xxviii. 56.

4. Susceptible of the softer passions, as love, compassion,
kindness; compassionate; pitiful; anxious for another's
good; easily excited to pity, forgiveness, or favor;

The Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.
--James v. 11.

I am choleric by my nature, and tender by my temper.

5. Exciting kind concern; dear; precious.

I love Valentine, Whose life's as tender to me as my
soul! --Shak.

6. Careful to save inviolate, or not to injure; -- with of.
``Tender of property.'' --Burke.

The civil authority should be tender of the honor of
God and religion. --Tillotson.

7. Unwilling to cause pain; gentle; mild.

You, that are thus so tender o'er his follies, Will
never do him good. --Shak.

8. Adapted to excite feeling or sympathy; expressive of the
softer passions; pathetic; as, tender expressions; tender
expostulations; a tender strain.

9. Apt to give pain; causing grief or pain; delicate; as, a
tender subject. ``Things that are tender and unpleasing.''

10. (Naut.) Heeling over too easily when under sail; -- said
of a vessel.

Note: Tender is sometimes used in the formation of
self-explaining compounds; as, tender-footed,
tender-looking, tender-minded, tender-mouthed, and the

Syn: Delicate; effeminate; soft; sensitive; compassionate;
kind; humane; merciful; pitiful.

Ten"der, n. [Cf. F. tendre.]
Regard; care; kind concern. [Obs.] --Shak.

Ten"der, v. t.
To have a care of; to be tender toward; hence, to regard; to
esteem; to value. [Obs.]

For first, next after life, he tendered her good.

Tender yourself more dearly. --Shak.

To see a prince in want would move a miser's charity.
Our western princes tendered his case, which they
counted might be their own. --Fuller.

Synonyms: affectionate, attendant, attender, bid, bid, caring, chewable, crank, cranky, crisp, crispy, cuttable, cutter, delicate, flakey, flaky, fond, immature, legal tender, lovesome, loving, painful, pinnace, protective, sensitive, sentimental, ship's boat, short, soft, sore, supply ship, tenderise, tenderised, tenderize, tenderized, tippy, unstable, untoughened, vulnerable, warm, young

Antonyms: tough, toughened

See Also: alter, arouser, assistant, baggageman, bargain, batman, bellboy, bellhop, bellman, boat, bridesmaid, buyout bid, by-bid, caddie, car, change, checker, comestible, companion, courtier, cupbearer, dicker, eatable, edible, equerry, escort, esquire, famulus, flight attendant, food stamp, gallant, gift, gig, gillie, give, golf caddie, groomsman, help, helper, hospital attendant, lifeguard, lifesaver, linkboy, linkman, litter-bearer, loader, medium of exchange, monetary system, offer, offer, offering, orderly, outbid, overbid, overbid, page, present, proffer, racker, railcar, railroad car, railway car, rocker, rouser, second, servitor, ship, squire, steward, stretcher-bearer, subscribe, supporter, trainbearer, underbid, varlet, waker, weak

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