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Definition of Tender


  1. One who tends; one who takes care of any person or thing; a nurse.
  2. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. To offer in words; to present for acceptance.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. The thing offered; especially, money offered in payment of an obligation.
  9. Easily impressed, broken, bruised, or injured; not firm or hard; delicate; as, tender plants; tender flesh; tender fruit.
  10. Sensible to impression and pain; easily pained.
  11. Physically weak; not hardly or able to endure hardship; immature; effeminate.
  12. Susceptible of the softer passions, as love, compassion, kindness; compassionate; pitiful; anxious for another's good; easily excited to pity, forgiveness, or favor; sympathetic.
  13. Exciting kind concern; dear; precious.
  14. Careful to save inviolate, or not to injure; -- with of.
  15. Unwilling to cause pain; gentle; mild.
  16. Adapted to excite feeling or sympathy; expressive of the softer passions; pathetic; as, tender expressions; tender expostulations; a tender strain.
  17. Apt to give pain; causing grief or pain; delicate; as, a tender subject.
  18. Heeling over too easily when under sail; -- said of a vessel.
  19. Regard; care; kind concern.
  20. To have a care of; to be tender toward; hence, to regard; to esteem; to value.

Tender Quotations

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.
George Washington Carver

When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand.
Henri Nouwen

Beauty, sweet love, is like the morning dew, Whose short refresh upon tender green, Cheers for a time, but till the sun doth show And straight is gone, as it had never been.
Samuel Daniel

Lord, give us the wisdom to utter words that are gentle and tender, for tomorrow we may have to eat them.
Mo Udall

No matter how tough the meat may be, it's going to be tender if you slice it thin enough.
Guy Fieri
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Tender Translations

tender in Afrikaans is lieflik, soet, sorgvuldig
tender in Dutch is gunning, aanbesteding
tender in Finnish is makea
tender in French is doux, adjudication, affectieux
tender in German is Angebot, zart, anbieten
tender in Italian is dolce
tender in Latin is tener tenera tenerum
tender in Portuguese is encarregado
tender in Spanish is subasta, carinoso, dulce, destajo
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