tender


tender
tender
tender1 [ten′dər]
adj.
[ME tendre < OFr < L tener, soft, delicate, tender, prob. altered (infl. by tenuis,THIN) < Sabine terenum, soft, akin to Gr terēn, tender < IE * ter-, tender, weak, orig., rubbed, worn down < base * ter-, to rub > THROW]
1. soft or delicate and easily chewed, broken, cut, etc.; fragile, succulent, etc.
2. weak of constitution or physique; unable to endure pain, hardship, etc.; feeble; frail
3. having weakness due to youth; immature; young [the tender years]
4. of soft quality or delicate tone; subdued [tender colors]
5. that requires careful handling; ticklish; delicate [a tender question]
6. gentle, mild, or light; not rough or heavy [a tender touch]
7.
a) that has or expresses affection, love, consideration, etc. [a tender smile]
b) careful; considerate [tender of another's feelings]
8. sparing; chary [tender of one's praise]
9.
a) acutely sensitive, as to pain, insult, etc.
b) sensitive to impressions, emotions, moral influences, etc.; impressionable [a tender conscience]
c) sensitive to others' feelings; sympathetic; compassionate [a tender heart]
10. giving physical pain, as from overuse or when not fully healed; painful; hurting [a tender pitching arm]
11. Naut. tending to lean over under sail; crank
vt.
1. to make tender
2. Archaic to treat with tenderness
tenderly
adv.
tenderness
n.
SYN.- TENDER1, in this connection, implies a softness or gentleness in one's relations with others that is expressive of warm affection, concern, etc. [a tender caress ]; COMPASSIONATE is applied to one who is easily affected by another's troubles or pains and is quick to show pity or mercy [a compassionate judge ]; SYMPATHETIC implies the ability or disposition to enter into another's mental state or emotions and thus to share sorrows, joys, desires, etc. [a sympathetic interest in a colleague's career ]; WARM and WARMHEARTED suggest a sympathetic interest or affection characterized by cordiality, generosity, etc. [warm, or warmhearted, hospitality ]
tender2 [ten′dər]
vt.
[Fr tendre < L tendere, to stretch, extend, TEND2]
1. to offer in payment of an obligation
2. to present for acceptance; offer [to tender an invitation, apology, etc.]
3. to submit as a tender [to tender a bid]
n.
1. an offer of money, services, etc. made to satisfy an obligation, avoid legal action, etc.
2. a formal offer, as a proposal of marriage, a bid stating terms of a contract, or a bid on a printed form submitted to buy securities at a certain price
3. something offered in payment, esp. money: cf. LEGAL TENDER
tenderer
n.
tender3 [ten′dər]
n.
1. a person who tends, or has charge of, something
2.
a) an auxiliary ship for supplying or servicing another ship or a submarine, seaplane, buoys, etc.
b) a boat for carrying passengers, etc. to or from a ship close to shore
3. a railroad car carrying fuel and water for a steam locomotive, to the rear of which it is attached

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