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Adjective: tender (tenderer,tenderest)  tend-u(r)
  1. Given to sympathy, gentleness or sentimentality
    "a tender heart"; "a tender smile"; "tender loving care"; "tender memories"; "a tender mother"
     
  2. Hurting
    "the tender spot on his jaw";
    - sensitive, sore, raw
     
  3. Young and immature
    "at a tender age"
     
  4. Having or displaying warmth or affection
    "a tender glance";
    - affectionate, fond, lovesome, warm
     
  5. Easy to cut or chew
    "tender beef"
     
  6. Physically untoughened
    "tender feet";
    - untoughened
     
  7. (used of boats) inclined to heel over easily under sail
    - crank, cranky, tippy
     
  8. (of plants) not hardy; easily killed by adverse growing condition
    "tender green shoots"
Verb: tender  tend-u(r)
  1. Offer or present for acceptance
     
  2. (auction) propose an amount you are prepared to pay for something
    "The Swiss dealer tendered $2 million for the painting";
    - offer, bid
     
  3. Make a tender of; in legal settlements
     
  4. Make tender or more tender as by marinating, pounding, or applying a tenderizer
    "tender meat";
    - tenderize, tenderise [Brit]
Noun: tender  tend-u(r)
  1. Something that can be used as an official medium of payment
    - legal tender, stamp
     
  2. Someone who waits on or attends to the needs of another
    - attendant, attender
     
  3. A formal proposal to buy at a specified price
    - bid
     
  4. Car attached to a locomotive to carry fuel and water
     
  5. A boat for communication between ship and shore
    - ship's boat, pinnace, cutter
     
  6. Ship that usually provides supplies to other ships
    - supply ship

Derived forms: tenderer, tenderest, tendered, tendering, tenders

See also: chewable, comestible, crisp, crispy, crunchy, cuttable, delicate, eatable, edible, flakey, flaky, immature, lovey-dovey, loving, painful, protective, sentimental, soft, tenderised [Brit], tenderized, unstable, weak, young

Type of: aid, alter, assistant, boat, bogie [Asia], car, change, gift, give, help, helper, medium of exchange, modify, monetary system, offer, offering, present, proffer, railcar, railroad car [N. Amer], railway car [Brit, Cdn], railway carriage [Brit, Cdn], ship, supporter

Antonym: tough

Encyclopedia: Tender