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Meaning & Definition of Tender in English

English

Tender

/tɛndər/

noun

1. Something that can be used as an official medium of payment

    synonym:
  • tender
  • ,
  • legal tender
  • ,
  • stamp

2. Someone who waits on or tends to or attends to the needs of another

    synonym:
  • attendant
  • ,
  • attender
  • ,
  • tender

3. A formal proposal to buy at a specified price

    synonym:
  • bid
  • ,
  • tender

4. Car attached to a locomotive to carry fuel and water

    synonym:
  • tender

5. A boat for communication between ship and shore

    synonym:
  • tender
  • ,
  • ship's boat
  • ,
  • pinnace
  • ,
  • cutter

6. Ship that usually provides supplies to other ships

    synonym:
  • tender
  • ,
  • supply ship

verb

1. Offer or present for acceptance

    synonym:
  • tender

2. Propose a payment

  • "The swiss dealer offered $2 million for the painting"
    synonym:
  • offer
  • ,
  • bid
  • ,
  • tender

3. Make a tender of

  • In legal settlements
    synonym:
  • tender

4. Make tender or more tender as by marinating, pounding, or applying a tenderizer

  • "Tenderize meat"
    synonym:
  • tender
  • ,
  • tenderize
  • ,
  • tenderise

adjective

1. Given to sympathy or gentleness or sentimentality

  • "A tender heart"
  • "A tender smile"
  • "Tender loving care"
  • "Tender memories"
  • "A tender mother"
    synonym:
  • tender

2. Hurting

  • "The tender spot on his jaw"
    synonym:
  • sensitive
  • ,
  • sore
  • ,
  • raw
  • ,
  • tender

3. Young and immature

  • "At a tender age"
    synonym:
  • tender

4. Having or displaying warmth or affection

  • "Affectionate children"
  • "A fond embrace"
  • "Fond of his nephew"
  • "A tender glance"
  • "A warm embrace"
    synonym:
  • affectionate
  • ,
  • fond
  • ,
  • lovesome
  • ,
  • tender
  • ,
  • warm

5. Easy to cut or chew

  • "Tender beef"
    synonym:
  • tender

6. Physically untoughened

  • "Tender feet"
    synonym:
  • tender
  • ,
  • untoughened

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

    synonym:
  • crank
  • ,
  • cranky
  • ,
  • tender
  • ,
  • tippy

8. (of plants) not hardy

  • Easily killed by adverse growing condition
  • "Tender green shoots"
    synonym:
  • tender

Examples of using

Even at a distance I could smell her sweet perfume, feel her tender warm touch, bathe in the ineffable light of those beautiful luring green eyes.
The roast beef is juicy and tender.