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English adjective: tender

1. tender given to sympathy or gentleness or sentimentality

SamplesA tender heart.
A tender smile.
Tender loving care.
Tender memories.
A tender mother.

Similarprotective, sentimental

See alsosoft


2. tender hurting

SamplesThe tender spot on his jaw.

Synonymsraw, sensitive, sore



3. tender young and immature

SamplesAt a tender age.

Similarimmature, young


4. tender having or displaying warmth or affection

SamplesAffectionate children.
A fond embrace.
Fond of his nephew.
A tender glance.
A warm embrace.

Synonymsaffectionate, fond, lovesome, warm



5. tender easy to cut or chew

SamplesTender beef.

Similarchewable, crisp, crispy, cuttable, flakey, flaky, tenderised, tenderized

See alsocomestible, eatable, edible


6. tender physically untoughened

SamplesTender feet.


Similardelicate, soft

See alsoweak

Antonymstoughened, tough

7. tender (used of boats) inclined to heel over easily under sail

Synonymscrank, cranky, tippy


Domain categoryboat


8. tender (of plants) not hardy; easily killed by adverse growing condition

SamplesTender green shoots.


Domain categoryflora, plant, plant life


English noun: tender

1. tender (possession) something that can be used as an official medium of payment

Synonymslegal tender, stamp

Broader (hypernym)medium of exchange, monetary system

Narrower (hyponym)food stamp

2. tender (person) someone who waits on or tends to or attends to the needs of another

Synonymsattendant, attender

Broader (hypernym)assistant, help, helper, supporter

Narrower (hyponym)arouser, baggageman, batman, bellboy, bellhop, bellman, bridesmaid, caddie, checker, companion, courtier, cupbearer, equerry, escort, esquire, famulus, flight attendant, gallant, gillie, golf caddie, groomsman, hospital attendant, lifeguard, lifesaver, linkboy, linkman, litter-bearer, loader, maid of honor, matron of honor, orderly, orderly, page, page, racker, rocker, rouser, second, servitor, squire, squire, steward, stretcher-bearer, trainbearer, varlet, waker

3. tender (communication) a formal proposal to buy at a specified price


Broader (hypernym)offer, offering

Narrower (hyponym)buyout bid, overbid

4. tender (artifact) car attached to a locomotive to carry fuel and water

Broader (hypernym)car, railcar, railroad car, railway car

5. tender (artifact) a boat for communication between ship and shore

Synonymscutter, pinnace, ship's boat

Broader (hypernym)boat

Narrower (hyponym)gig

6. tender (artifact) ship that usually provides supplies to other ships

Synonymssupply ship

Broader (hypernym)ship

English verb: tender

1. tender (possession) offer or present for acceptance

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody

Broader (hypernym)gift, give, present

2. tender (possession) propose a payment

SamplesThe Swiss dealer offered $2 million for the painting.

Synonymsbid, offer

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Narrower (hyponym)by-bid, outbid, overbid, subscribe, underbid, underbid

Entailbargain, dicker

Domain categoryauction, auction sale, vendue

3. tender (possession) make a tender of; in legal settlements

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)offer, proffer

4. tender (change) make tender or more tender as by marinating, pounding, or applying a tenderizer

SamplesTenderize meat.

Synonymstenderise, tenderize

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

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