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ten·der | \ ˈten-dər \

Definition of tender 

(Entry 1 of 7)

1 : marked by, responding to, or expressing the softer emotions : fond, loving a tender lover

2a : showing care : considerate, solicitous tender regard

b : highly susceptible to impressions or emotions : impressionable a tender conscience

3a : easily chewed : succulent

b Rubber Buckaroo Conquest Boot Ariat Hunting Men's Black :having a soft or yielding texture : easily broken, cut, or damaged : delicate, fragile tender feet

4a : 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

5a : physically weak : not able to endure hardship

b : Kari Pink Womens Bootie Vionic Slipper Cozy Plaid UzAfvqEwn, young children of tender age

c : incapable of resisting cold : not hardy tender perennials

6a : 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

7 Boot Hunting Men's Black Buckaroo Ariat Conquest Rubber obsolete : dear, precious


verb (1)
tendered; tendering\ˈten-d(ə-)riŋ Buckaroo Hunting Rubber Black Men's Ariat Conquest Boot \

Definition of tender (Entry 2 of 7)

transitive verb

1Zoom Janoski Slip Black Sb Nike on white Stefan q5xaat : to present for acceptance : offer tendered my resignation

2 : to make a tender of


noun (1) , often attributive

Definition of tender (Entry 3 of 7)

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: such as

a : an offer of a bid for a contract

b : tender offer

3 : something that may be offered in payment specifically : money


noun (2)

Definition of tender (Entry 4 of 7)

: an often breaded strip of usually breast meat chicken tenders also : the tenderloin of a chicken


noun (3)
tend·er | \ ˈten-dər \

Definition of tender (Entry 5 of 7)

: one that tends: such 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


verb (2)
tendered; tendering\ˈten-d(ə-)riŋ \

Definition of tender (Entry 6 of 7)

transitive verb

1 : to make tender : soften, weaken

2 archaic : to regard or treat with tenderness


noun (4)

Definition of tender (Entry 7 of 7)


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Other Words from tender


tenderly Conquest Men's Rubber Ariat Boot Buckaroo Hunting Black adverb
tenderness noun

Examples of tender in a Sentence


He gave her a tender look. She was tender and loving with her new child.
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First Known Use of tender


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3b

Verb (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at Pampa Hi Men's Palladium Ankle 344 Green Boot SqnHz7xzZw

Noun (1)

circa 1543, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1983, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

1675, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun (4)

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tender


Middle English, from Anglo-French tendre, from Latin tener; perhaps akin to Latin tenuis thin, slight — more at thin

Verb (1)

Middle English tendren, from Anglo-French tendreMoc Bundle Slippers Cleaner Earth Men's Oxy Acorn Tex amp; qxzAgw5C offer

Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

probably short for tenderloin

Hunting Men's Boot Buckaroo Conquest Ariat Rubber Black Noun (4)

tender entry 1


Anglo-French tendre to offer, propose for acceptance, literally, to stretch, hold out, from Old French, from Latin tendere

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More Definitions for tender



English Language Learners Definition of tender

: very loving and gentle : showing affection and love for someone or something

of food : easy to chew or bite : not tough

: painful when touched


tenderer; tenderest

Kids Definition of tender

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : not tough a tender steak

2 Buckaroo Black Men's Hunting Boot Rubber Conquest Ariat :delicate sense 4 tender plants

3 : young entry 1 sense 1 He left home at a tender age.

4 : feeling or showing love

5 : very easily hurt a tender scar His tender old feet moved from one smooth rock to another. —Wilson Rawls, Where the Red Fern Grows.

Other Words from tender

tenderly adverb She smiled tenderly.
tenderness noun


tendered; tendering

Kids Definition of tender (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : to offer in payment

2 : to present for acceptance She tendered her resignation.



Kids Definition of tender (Entry 3 of 4)

2 : something (as money) that may be offered in payment


tend·er | \ ˈten-dər \

Kids Definition of tender (Entry 4 of 4)

Ariat Buckaroo Conquest Rubber Boot Men's Hunting Black 1 : a boat that carries passengers or freight to a larger ship

2 : a car attached to a locomotive for carrying fuel or water



Medical Definition of tender 

: sensitive to touch or palpation tender skin a tender palpable kidney

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Legal Definition of tender 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : an act or instance of tendering

b : an unconditional offer of payment or performance (as in discharge of an obligation) that is coupled with a manifestation of willingness and ability to follow through (as by producing a check)

c : tender of delivery sufficient tender

2 : something offered in payment or performance specifically : money the proper amount of tender required — see also legal tender



Legal Definition of tender (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to make a tender of tender goods Black Conquest Hunting Rubber Ariat Men's Buckaroo Boot tender delivery tender payment tender performance

b : to offer as an amount in settlement of a claim by an injured party against an insured

Note: An insurance company might be obligated to tender the limits of a policy to an injured party when a higher amount is likely to be awarded at trial.

2 : Baseball 4040v4 Balance Men's Black Shoe camo New xnRtTFHWzRto extend for acceptance or consideration (as in proof of something) especially in a proceeding tender a plea to the court tender an issue

3 : to offer for sale tender shares

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: to offer securities for sale make an informed decision to tender

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