I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French tendre, from Latin tener; perhaps akin to Latin tenuis thin, slight — more at thin Date: 13th century 1. a. having a soft or yielding texture ; easily broken, cut, or damaged ; delicate, fragile <
tender feet
b. easily chewed ; succulent 2. a. physically weak ; not able to endure hardship b. immature, young <
children of tender age
c. incapable of resisting cold ; not hardy <
tender perennials
3. marked by, responding to, or expressing the softer emotions ; fond, loving <
a tender lover
4. a. showing care ; considerate, solicitous <
tender regard
b. highly susceptible to impressions or emotions ; impressionable <
a tender conscience
5. a. appropriate or conducive to a delicate or sensitive constitution or character ; gentle, mild <
tender breeding
tender irony
b. delicate or soft in quality or tone <
never before heard the piano sound so tender — Elva S. Daniels
6. obsolete dear, precious 7. a. sensitive to touch or palpation <
the bruise was still tender
b. sensitive to injury or insult ; touchy <
tender pride
c. demanding careful and sensitive handling ; ticklish <
a tender situation
d. of a boat easily tipped by an external force • tenderly adverbtenderness noun II. noun Etymology: 1tender Date: 13th century obsolete consideration, regard III. verb (tendered; tendering) Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to make tender ; soften, weaken 2. archaic to regard or treat with tenderness intransitive verb to become tender IV. verb (tendered; tendering) Etymology: Middle English tendren, from Anglo-French tendre offer Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. to make a tender of 2. to present for acceptance ; offer <
tendered my resignation
intransitive verb to make a bid or tender <
tender for a building contract
tendered for six percent of the stock
V. noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English tendur grant of a license, from Anglo-French tendre offer, tender, from tendre, verb, to stretch, hold out, offer, direct, from Latin tendere to stretch, direct — more at thin Date: circa 1543 1. an unconditional offer of money or service in satisfaction of a debt or obligation made to save a penalty or forfeiture for nonpayment or nonperformance 2. an offer or proposal made for acceptance: as a. an offer of a bid for a contract b. tender offer 3. something that may be offered in payment; specifically money VI. noun Date: 1675 one that tends: as a. (1) a ship employed to attend other ships (as to supply provisions) (2) a boat for communication or transportation between shore and a larger ship (3) a warship that provides logistic support b. a car attached to a steam locomotive for carrying a supply of fuel and water VII. noun Etymology: probably short for tenderloin Date: 1983 an often breaded strip of usually breast meat <
chicken tenders
; also the tenderloin of a chicken

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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