Definition of Tender

n.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.
v. t.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.
[imp. & p. p. Tendered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Tendering.]
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.
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.
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.
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.
a.1.Easily impressed, broken, bruised, or injured; not firm or hard; delicate; as, tender plants; tender flesh; tender fruit.
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; sympathetic.
The Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.
- James v. 11.
I am choleric by my nature, and tender by my temper.
- Fuller.
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.
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.
10.(Naut.) Heeling over too easily when under sail; - said of a vessel.
n.1.Regard; care; kind concern.
v. t.1.To have a care of; to be tender toward; hence, to regard; to esteem; to value.
For first, next after life, he tendered her good.
- Spenser.
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.

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