Main definitions of tender in US English:

: tender1tender2tender3

tender1

adjective

  • 1Showing gentleness and concern or sympathy.

    ‘he was being so kind and tender’
    • ‘He took my hand and laid a gentle, tender kiss on it.’
    • ‘He was stroking my hair with a gentle, tender hand.’
    • ‘This tender little show is enough to make even the most cynical of hearts swell.’
    • ‘I was just misinterpreting a tender display of affection.’
    • ‘A mom's tender affection, her smiles and presence touches every heart.’
    • ‘It was a soft, sweet, tender kiss.’
    • ‘His voice as tender and gentle as his kiss.’
    • ‘It's a gentle, tender moment between man and wife.’
    • ‘They have a real and tender affection for her.’
    • ‘She kisses him with tender pity.’
    • ‘She tried to keep her tender kindness hidden in order to appear strong and in control.’
    • ‘In many countries men show very tender affection for one another frequently and openly.’
    • ‘Back at Richard's house, he was oddly tender and gentle towards me.’
    • ‘He truly appreciated her tender love with deep affection.’
    • ‘The warm embrace and the warm tender kisses make me feel as though I am floating.’
    • ‘I regret that I was not more tender or affectionate with Edward during the last few weeks of his life.’
    • ‘His eyes were glossy and filled with tender affection.’
    • ‘I want nights full of tender touches and gentle caresses.’
    • ‘His kisses were tender and gentle.’
    • ‘His touch was tender and gentle.’
    caring, kind, kindly, kind-hearted, soft-hearted, tender-hearted, compassionate, sympathetic, warm, warm-hearted, feeling, fatherly, motherly, maternal, gentle, mild, benevolent, generous, giving, humane
    affectionate, fond, loving, emotional, warm, gentle, soft
    romantic, sentimental, emotional, emotive, touching, moving, poignant, evocative
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    1. 1.1tender ofarchaic predicative Solicitous of; concerned for.
      ‘be tender of a lady's reputation’
      • ‘I was obliged to lead him about, tender him, and help him.’
  • 2(of food) easy to cut or chew; not tough.

    ‘tender green beans’
    • ‘The beef steaks are tender and juicy.’
    • ‘Potato is used as a thickener or for biscuits and cakes where a tender texture is required’
    • ‘The duck livers with orange sauce were tender and tasty.’
    • ‘The meat has been carefully selected and cooked to be perfectly tender.’
    • ‘The quails were tender, with just crispy enough skin.’
    • ‘I would seal them in hot fat, wrap each bird in fatty bacon or pancetta and roast till tender.’
    • ‘There are fresh fruit juices and tender coconut.’
    • ‘The chicken wraps were full of tender, pleasantly sticky marinated meat.’
    • ‘Fry over a medium heat until the potatoes are tender and golden brown.’
    • ‘In the first container she placed 1 pound of asparagus that she trimmed and steamed until tender and allowed to cool.’
    • ‘Her plate was heaped with several good, thick slices of tasty, tender pork.’
    • ‘Gently boil for another five minutes, until the carrots are tender.’
    • ‘The calamari in tomato sauce was tender and flavourful.’
    • ‘The stew was filled with tender meat, beans, barley and carrots.’
    • ‘Continue simmering until the eggplant skin is tender, about 15 more minutes.’
    • ‘The lamb was tender without being delicate.’
    • ‘Venison steaks are more tender than beef, with a leaner, cleaner flavour.’
    • ‘Watch carefully so the turkey is done but still moist and tender.’
    • ‘Pour the syrup over the figs and place them in the oven until they are tender and sticky.’
    • ‘There is a range of juicy, tender steaks and chicken dishes.’
    easily chewed, not tough, chewable, soft, edible, eatable
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  • 3(of a part of the body) sensitive to pain.

    ‘the pale, tender skin of her forearm’
    • ‘The shoulder was so painful for a while that I didn't really notice my hand until I came off and realised it was bit tender.’
    • ‘Having an appliance fitted doesn't hurt, but your teeth usually feel tender for a few days after it is fitted or adjusted.’
    • ‘This pack pulled at her shoulders, rubbing the tender skin under her arms.’
    • ‘She winced in pain as her sheets slid against her tender skin.’
    • ‘The bandage was delicately applied to the tender joint, where a bruise was starting to develop.’
    • ‘Strong sunshine harms the tender skin around the eye.’
    • ‘She felt a needle prick her tender skin.’
    • ‘This fabulous range of organic products helps babies with sleep and tender skin problems.’
    • ‘Sensitive, tender or sore breasts are commonly one of the first signs of pregnancy.’
    • ‘There is atrophy of the muscles in the shoulder, with more than two sensitive tender points.’
    • ‘The area over the appendix will be very tender.’
    • ‘Pain is felt only after exercise, and the affected area is not tender to the touch, discolored or swollen.’
    • ‘A slight splinter can chafe the skin until it is tender and sore.’
    • ‘The lesions can be tender to the touch’
    • ‘She got up, raising her tender body onto her left elbow.’
    • ‘The rope gnawed at the tender skin of her wrists.’
    • ‘The main symptoms of fibromyalgia are pains, tender areas, and tiredness.’
    • ‘His knuckles were chapped and felt rough against the tender skin on his face.’
    • ‘There's nothing worse than pulling a hard pencil eyeliner across the tender skin of the eyelid.’
    • ‘She gasped in pain and rubbed the tender, already bruised flesh.’
    sore, painful, sensitive, inflamed, raw, red, chafed
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    1. 3.1 (of a plant) easily injured by severe weather and therefore needing protection.
      • ‘Protect tender plants after the ground freezes with a layer of loose mulch.’
      • ‘Set out tender bedding plants such as petunias and marigolds after the last frost of spring.’
      • ‘When the ground is warmed to 60 degrees, it's time to plant out tender seedlings.’
      • ‘Watch the weather forecast and cover up those frost tender plants at night.’
      • ‘It is a tender plant with large double flowers that appear all summer.’
      • ‘We had extremely hot weather early, and some of the tender plants suffered from the intense heat.’
      • ‘New grass is tender and will not respond well to foot traffic until it matures and thickens.’
      • ‘Blooms are best in full sun, but these tender plants can take a half-day of sun.’
      • ‘This film protects tender plants and trees from frost damage.’
      • ‘All tender plants need to be kept in a frost-free greenhouse or in a cool place indoors.’
      • ‘Most fleshy plants and tender, newer plant growth will root very easily.’
      • ‘This is a time when tender new garden plants are at risk.’
      • ‘Don't be tempted by tender bedding plants in garden centres yet.’
      • ‘Before frost arrives, bring tender herbs indoors to the window or light garden you've prepared.’
      • ‘If frost is predicted, fling some fleece over fruit trees and more tender shrubs.’
      • ‘The opportunity to grow more tender, more exotic plants is tempting.’
      • ‘Eaves provide frost protection for tender plants underneath.’
      • ‘Bring tender plants indoors for the winter.’
      • ‘Since tuberous begonias are tender succulents, they need to be hung in shady or partial-shady locations.’
      • ‘Slightly tender plants need as much wind protection as possible.’
      delicate, easily damaged, fragile, breakable, frail
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    2. 3.2 Requiring tact or careful handling.
      ‘the issue of conscription was a particularly tender one’
      • ‘It was already a very tender and awkward situation.’
      difficult, delicate, tricky, awkward, problematic, troublesome, ticklish
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  • 4Young, immature, and vulnerable.

    ‘at the tender age of five’
    • ‘At the tender age of 18, he will be the youngest contestant ever.’
    • ‘She made her stage debut at the tender age of four.’
    • ‘At the tender age of 16 I started going out with my first real girlfriend.’
    • ‘The plan was to look older than my tender years.’
    • ‘She started producing an early version of her zine at the tender age of 10.’
    • ‘At the tender age of 16 he became the youngest player in the modern game to play at the tournament.’
    • ‘At the tender age of 25, she is quickly becoming an authority on urban fashion.’
    • ‘The fact that a violinist of such tender years can make this music sound so fresh is a considerable accomplishment.’
    • ‘He has collected a wealth of happy memories since he joined the team at the tender age of 15.’
    • ‘The teen singer and actress has been in showbusiness since the tender age of nine.’
    • ‘The couple met at the tender age of 14.’
    • ‘He switched to electric bass, an instrument he began playing at the tender age of nine.’
    • ‘This young man, at the tender age of 24 years, was the victim of a tragic accident.’
    • ‘He began his acting career at the tender age of ten.’
    • ‘She had written with flair and maturity, and had a sensitivity way beyond her tender years.’
    • ‘At the tender age of 25, he has 20 years experience under his belt.’
    • ‘She has had a major change in her life at the tender age of 19.’
    • ‘Her life was cut short at the tender age of 21.’
    • ‘They play with a conviction and authenticity far beyond their tender years.’
    • ‘At the tender age of 12 they already have shelves full of trophies.’
    young, youthful
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  • 5Nautical
    (of a ship) leaning or readily inclined to roll in response to the wind.

    • ‘I would expect the boat to be a bit on the tender side when the wind picks up.’
    • ‘Initially the 35.5 is quite tender and quick to heel, so it is important not to overpower the boat with large headsails.’

Phrases

  • tender mercies

    • Used ironically to imply that someone cannot be trusted to look after or treat someone else kindly or well.

      ‘they have abandoned their children to the tender mercies of the social services’
      • ‘My dad and I left him to the tender mercies of his mother and went inside.’
      • ‘She threw herself on the tender mercies of the world's web community.’
      • ‘We have no national dance company and rely on the tender mercies of people like her to keep our folk dances alive.’
      • ‘They would leave their wives to the tender mercies of the labour ward while they travelled abroad to watch football.’
      • ‘You will be handed over to the tender mercies of the nurse.’
      • ‘The children were given over to the tender mercies of the church and its care homes for orphans.’
      • ‘The children will now be entrusted to the tender mercies of their distant cousin.’
      • ‘Unlike filmstars, crime victims have not submitted themselves to the tender mercies of the press and forfeited any right to privacy.’
      • ‘They were now facing a very uncertain future, consigned to the tender mercies of a new and hostile regime.’
      • ‘He had recently committed himself to the tender mercies of a psychiatrist.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French tendre, from Latin tener ‘tender, delicate’.

Pronunciation

tender

/ˈtɛndər//ˈtendər/

Main definitions of tender in US English:

: tender1tender2tender3

tender2

verb

[with object]
  • 1Offer or present (something) formally.

    ‘he tendered his resignation as leader’
    • ‘He tendered his resignation to the committee and we all refused it.’
    • ‘Two high-profile directors of the company tendered their resignations recently.’
    • ‘He never tendered a formal resignation, although the organization has already hired a replacement.’
    • ‘The four employees concerned had tendered their resignations.’
    • ‘Nine board members had tendered their resignations at a meeting.’
    • ‘A document was tendered and received in evidence.’
    • ‘At trial, there was no objection to the breathalyzer results being tendered as evidence.’
    • ‘He was about to embark on a career break and had actually tendered his resignation.’
    • ‘Although she had provided the diploma, it was not tendered in evidence.’
    • ‘The tape was tendered in evidence during proceedings.’
    • ‘The football manager left the pitch and immediately tendered his resignation.’
    • ‘He cleared his desk after tendering his resignation one week ago.’
    • ‘He formally tendered his resignation on reaching the age of 75.’
    • ‘We tender condolences on their great loss.’
    • ‘To his wife, his daughters, and all his extended family, we tender our sincere sympathy.’
    • ‘The issue in this case is the adequacy of the evidence tendered by the plaintiff.’
    • ‘He formally tendered his resignation to the president the following day.’
    • ‘He concluded his presentation to the members by informing them he was tendering his notice to retire from his position.’
    • ‘They tendered their resignations in protest against the firing of their 15 colleagues.’
    • ‘A bag with 107 cocaine capsules was tendered in evidence and marked.’
    offer, proffer, present, put forward, propose, suggest, advance, submit, set before someone, extend, give, render
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    1. 1.1 Offer (money) as payment.
      ‘she tendered her fare’
      • ‘A banker's draft had been tendered and refused.’
      • ‘Many businesses around the town are sitting targets for tendering counterfeit Euro notes that are currently circulating in large quantities.’
    2. 1.2no object Make a formal written offer to carry out work, supply goods, or buy land, shares, or another asset for a stated fixed price.
      ‘firms of interior decorators have been tendering for the work’
      • ‘We would expect something like 6 companies to be tendering for a project of this size.’
      • ‘There has been a flood of interest by private businesses in tendering for public sector contracts.’
      • ‘Very few contracts have been won by foreign companies and few of these firms have been successful in tendering for subsequent road projects.’
      • ‘Tendering for the project has been whittled down to two consortia.’
      • ‘He is part of a consortium tendering for a licence in Scotland.’
      • ‘In October, at least 11 companies or consortiums expressed interest in tendering for the 40-hectare project.’
      • ‘The company is tendering for a number of large government contracts.’
      • ‘The organisation advises on how to consider tendering for work from foreign public bodies.’
      • ‘The new policy sets out clear procedures for religious groups to follow in tendering for land designated for purposes of worshipping.’
      • ‘This is a trade publication for those interested in tendering for government work.’
      • ‘The new plans are guidelines which will be given to the four companies tendering for the franchise.’
      • ‘We have begun tendering for archaeological and site investigation and other works.’
      • ‘We did prevent British companies from tendering for contracts and supplies.’
      • ‘He acted as an agent for foreign firms tendering for China's major power construction projects.’
      • ‘Companies tendering for business can be tempted to agree jointly not to go in under a certain price.’
      • ‘The company is now tendering for a lucrative contract from one of Hong Kong's biggest bus companies.’
      • ‘All those interested in tendering for the transport plan may attend a presentation on requirements.’
      • ‘The company was tendering for work worth £430m.’
      • ‘About 19 agencies are believed to have expressed an interest in tendering for the account.’
      • ‘They reached an agreement between each other not to compete in tendering for contracts.’
      bid, put in a bid, quote, give an estimate, propose a price
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    3. 1.3with object Make a formal offer giving (a stated fixed price)
      ‘what price should we tender for a contract?’
      • ‘The city entered into a partnership with the company, despite the fact that it tendered the lowest bid.’
      • ‘The Danish company tendered the lowest price.’
      • ‘The company tendered a €58 million price three years ago, but inflation since then could increase the value of the project.’

noun

  • An offer to carry out work, supply goods, or buy land, shares, or another asset at a stated fixed price.

    • ‘It is time to invite tenders from prospective builders.’
    • ‘What is needed instead is for the Government to take a lead, by immediately calling for tenders to install solar water heating in all Government buildings where it is cost-effective to do so.’
    • ‘The city will invite tenders for six of the facilities this Friday.’
    • ‘He suggested an alternative would be to inform residents of the actual price of the asphalt after tenders for the project close later this spring.’
    • ‘They could not invite tenders as the project was challenged in court.’
    • ‘Tenders will be invited for private companies to supply the tracking devices.’
    • ‘The commission has extended the deadline for the submission of tenders by one month.’
    • ‘The tender for the land swap was only joined by four companies.’
    • ‘The municipality recently invited tenders for the purchase of the land, because they could not afford to develop it.’
    • ‘The Department of Defence has invited tenders to supply the air force with six new military helicopters.’
    • ‘Many construction companies are lining up to offer tenders for India's infrastructure projects.’
    • ‘The civic body invited short-term tenders for the work.’
    • ‘The tenders were evaluated on price, experience of the tenderer, methodology, quality and technical merit.’
    • ‘The government offered 15 petrol filling stations for sale by tender.’
    • ‘Telecommunication operators in Bulgaria have been rescued from the obligation to hold public procurement tenders to purchase new equipment.’
    • ‘They invited tenders for the distribution of fertiliser throughout the country.’
    • ‘The hospitals will be sold through ordinary tenders.’
    • ‘The Motor Sports Association has invited tenders from promoters interested in hosting the prestigious race from next season.’
    • ‘The prices and the range of tenders received and the successful tenderer are usually published.’
    • ‘The corporation sought tenders for the land.’
    bid, offer, quotation, quote, estimate, estimated price, price
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Phrases

  • put something out to tender

    • Seek offers to carry out work or supply goods at a stated fixed price.

      • ‘The senior partners had agreed not put the contract out to tender, mainly due to the tight building schedule.’
      • ‘The contract for construction of the school was put out to tender, in accordance with the tendering procedures.’
      • ‘The department put a contract out to tender for the supply of newspapers.’
      • ‘We are obliged to put our account out to tender.’
      • ‘They have held the contract for the last 20 years, repeatedly winning when it is put out to tender every three or four years.’
      • ‘The buildings were put out to tender last November.’
      • ‘The council broke the law in appointing consultants without putting the contract out to tender.’
      • ‘The usual process of putting contracts out to tender has been brushed aside.’
      • ‘Now that the rates have been officially announced, the contract will be put out to tender to private enterprise.’
      • ‘Plans to put school bus contracts out to tender have angered bus drivers, who claim it will compromise safety.’

Origin

Mid 16th century (as a legal term meaning ‘formally offer a plea or evidence, or money to discharge a debt’, also as a noun denoting such an offer): from Old French tendre, from Latin tendere ‘to stretch, hold forth’ (see tend).

Pronunciation

tender

/ˈtɛndər//ˈtendər/

Main definitions of tender in US English:

: tender1tender2tender3

tender3

noun

  • 1A boat used to ferry people and supplies to and from a ship.

    • ‘Dive kit and passengers are ferried along the shore in the tender.’
    • ‘On the forecastle deck the brass bell was struck, and with anchor down, the tenders were lifted out and readied to ferry passengers ashore.’
    • ‘In addition to the tugboat and its inflatable tender, we also had a small kaïki and skipper on site each day.’
    • ‘Sailors aboard the seaplane tender USS Curtiss wore their go-to-town white uniforms.’
    • ‘Some served as motor torpedo boat tenders, battle damage repair ships or aircraft engine repair ships.’
    • ‘We'll probably use either a small tender or our six-foot rowing boat depending on the numbers.’
    • ‘We had reached the reef after a five-minute journey by tender from our mother ship, the Star Flyer, which had dropped anchor in Thailand's National Park in the Sea.’
    • ‘You can tie up your own tender at the dinghy docks or go ashore in one of the harbor launches.’
    • ‘He was late for a question and answer session with Paul Allott, who announced that the good French champagne on St Barth's had caused Gower to miss his tender back to the ship.’
    • ‘We nearly missed the last tender back to the ship.’
    • ‘Tugs brought the mail ashore and passengers were slung ignominiously over the side in baskets and sent ashore in tenders.’
    • ‘The chief Navy doctor took me on board the tender ship.’
    • ‘While a little rubber ducky may suit well for short hops between boats in a snug cove, you may need a tougher, larger, and more seaworthy tender if you cruise to far away places.’
    • ‘I had ordered four friends into the tender, an 18-foot Boston Whaler, while Dan and I stayed aboard.’
    • ‘But it turns out that she was the plywood tender to a fishing coble and had sunk in 3m the previous week.’
    • ‘It was several more minutes before the tender pulled alongside the ship's hull and coasted to a full stop.’
    • ‘With permission to land on the island, Roebuck Bay's sleek tender vessels conveyed all to a small sandbar inside the lagoon.’
    • ‘Re-crewed and supplied by ocean-going tenders, the ships could pursue fish anywhere in the world for months on end without ever visiting a port or even sighting land.’
    • ‘Paddling the canoe would be a treat, and learning to sail the tender would also be one.’
    • ‘An oil rig tender found the yacht in the Joseph Bonaparte Gulf on Friday and took two of the four crewmembers, both of whom were severely seasick, on board.’
  • 2A railcar coupled to a steam locomotive to carry fuel and water.

    • ‘The locomotive, tender, and first three cars derailed, and the express car was partially telescoped by the tender.’
    • ‘The Goldenrock Railway Workshops dismantled it into three parts - wheels, boiler and tender used for stocking coal and water.’
    • ‘Returning, the engine was on the west end of the train tender first, with the combine next followed by the freight cars.’
    • ‘Two tenders behind are spare water cars for work train service.’
    • ‘No. 1057 represented the final years of steam with a Pyle National headlight centred on the smokebox door and a standard tender.’
    • ‘It will be given a tender from another departed locomotive and regain its former Sierra appearance.’
    • ‘On this particular day, my fireman and I had old #19 steamed up, oiled, greased, with a full tender of water and fuel.’
    • ‘It pulled just two tenders, a shop car and two old Pullman crew cars.’
    • ‘These near-indestructable Hi-Riser cars were rebuilt in the 1960's from steam locomotive tenders.’
    • ‘If he has no tender awaiting, he can try to unload coal from the hopper spotted atop the ramp.’
    • ‘Generally, drawbar means at the rear of the tender.’
    • ‘But a second tender was taken, altered to carry water only including the space once occupied by ten tons of coal.’
    • ‘Not knowing who among the masked and robed passengers might recognize this fellow crewman it was decided to hide him in the coal tender for the duration of the trip.’
    • ‘True yard engines were equipped with slope back tenders.’
    • ‘I know it had two feet of water in its Vanderbilt tender when it arrived back at Peach Creek with the loads, and I know the car number of each hopper that made up the train.’
    • ‘Even though it said CANADIAN PACIFIC on the tender.’
    • ‘Two huge flags, as tall as the train itself and barely supported by the wind, trailed out bravely, one from the tender and the other from the rear wagon.’
    • ‘Two locomotives and tenders, ten carriages, fifteen goods wagons and one horsebox were purchased.’
    • ‘On the other hand, the running gear was trammed like a Swiss watch, and the new tender tank is a work of art.’
    • ‘This building also repaired tenders in steam days; a much taller section of the roof allowed boilers to be stood on end for riveting.’
  • 3usually in combination or with modifier A person who looks after someone else or a machine or place.

    ‘Alexei signaled to one of the engine tenders’
    • ‘All good dives finally come to an end and he surfaces, hooks in hand, beside the branch boat, inflates his BC, slips out of his gear and carefully hands in the hooks to a boat tender.’
    • ‘You could sit and chat to the owners and tenders.’
    • ‘Often we found lock tenders coordinating our transit by having the doors on the next lock - miles ahead - opened ahead of time.’
    • ‘Seven minutes later, I heard another bridge tender tell the engineer that our rear lights looked fine, but that we had a door open in the baggage car.’
    • ‘The tender on the bridge called our train on the radio to report that one of the doors in the baggage car on the rear of the train was open.’

Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense ‘attendant, nurse’): from tend or shortening of attender (see attend).

Pronunciation

tender

/ˈtendər//ˈtɛndər/