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TENDER

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does tender mean? 

TENDER (noun)
  The noun TENDER has 6 senses:

1. something used as an official medium of payment
2. someone who waits on or tends to or attends to the needs of another
3. a formal proposal to buy at a specified price
4. car attached to a locomotive to carry fuel and water
5. a boat for communication between ship and shore
6. ship that usually provides supplies to other ships

  Familiarity information: TENDER used as a noun is common.


TENDER (adjective)
  The adjective TENDER has 8 senses:

1. given to sympathy or gentleness or sentimentality
2. hurting
3. young and immature
4. having or displaying warmth or affection
5. easy to cut or chew
6. physically untoughened
7. (used of boats) inclined to heel over easily under sail
8. (of plants) not hardy; easily killed by adverse growing condition

  Familiarity information: TENDER used as an adjective is common.


TENDER (verb)
  The verb TENDER has 4 senses:

1. offer or present for acceptance
2. propose a payment
3. make a tender of; in legal settlements
4. make tender or more tender as by marinating, pounding, or applying a tenderizer

  Familiarity information: TENDER used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


TENDER (noun)


Sense 1tender [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Something used as an official medium of payment

Classified under:

Nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession

Synonyms:

legal tender; tender

Hypernyms ("tender" is a kind of...):

medium of exchange; monetary system (anything that is generally accepted as a standard of value and a measure of wealth in a particular country or region)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "tender"):

food stamp (government-issued stamps used in exchange for food)


Sense 2tender [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

attendant; tender; attender

Hypernyms ("tender" is a kind of...):

assistant; help; helper; supporter (a person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "tender"):

racker (an attendant who puts pool or billiard balls into a rack)

page (a youthful attendant at official functions or ceremonies such as legislative functions and weddings)

page; varlet (in medieval times a youth acting as a knight's attendant as the first stage in training for knighthood)

orderly (a soldier who serves as an attendant to a superior officer)

hospital attendant; orderly (a male hospital attendant who has general duties that do not involve the medical treatment of patients)

matron of honor (a married woman serving as the attendant to the bride at a wedding)

rocker (an attendant who rocks a child in a cradle)

second (the official attendant of a contestant in a duel or boxing match)

servitor (someone who performs the duties of an attendant for someone else)

squire (young nobleman attendant on a knight)

gallant; squire (a man who attends or escorts a woman)

flight attendant; steward (an attendant on an airplane)

litter-bearer; stretcher-bearer (one who helps carry a stretcher)

trainbearer (one who holds up the train of a gown or robe on a ceremonial occasion)

arouser; rouser; waker (someone who rouses others from sleep)

loader (an attendant who loads guns for someone shooting game)

linkboy; linkman ((formerly) an attendant hired to carry a torch for pedestrians in dark streets)

lifeguard; lifesaver (an attendant employed at a beach or pool to protect swimmers from accidents)

companion (one paid to accompany or assist or live with another)

baggageman (an attendant who takes care of baggage)

batman (an orderly assigned to serve a British military officer)

bellboy; bellhop; bellman (someone employed as an errand boy and luggage carrier around hotels)

bridesmaid; maid of honor (an unmarried woman who attends the bride at a wedding)

caddie; golf caddie (an attendant who carries the golf clubs for a player)

checker; chequer (an attendant who checks coats or baggage)

courtier (an attendant at the court of a sovereign)

cupbearer (the attendant (usually an officer of a nobleman's household) whose duty is to fill and serve cups of wine)

equerry (a personal attendant of the British royal family)

escort (an attendant who is employed to accompany someone)

esquire ((Middle Ages) an attendant and shield bearer to a knight; a candidate for knighthood)

famulus (a close attendant (as to a scholar))

gillie (a young male attendant on a Scottish Highlander chief)

groomsman (a male attendant of the bridegroom at a wedding)


Sense 3tender [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A formal proposal to buy at a specified price

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

bid; tender

Hypernyms ("tender" is a kind of...):

offer; offering (something offered (as a proposal or bid))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "tender"):

overbid (a bid that is higher than preceding bids)

buyout bid (a bid to buy all of a person's holdings)


Sense 4tender [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Car attached to a locomotive to carry fuel and water

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("tender" is a kind of...):

car; railcar; railroad car; railway car (a wheeled vehicle adapted to the rails of railroad)


Sense 5tender [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A boat for communication between ship and shore

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

pinnace; ship's boat; cutter; tender

Hypernyms ("tender" is a kind of...):

boat (a small vessel for travel on water)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "tender"):

gig (tender that is a light ship's boat; often for personal use of captain)


Sense 6tender [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Ship that usually provides supplies to other ships

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

supply ship; tender

Hypernyms ("tender" is a kind of...):

ship (a vessel that carries passengers or freight)


TENDER (adjective)


Sense 1tender [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Given to sympathy or gentleness or sentimentality

Context examples:

a tender heart / a tender smile / tender loving care / tender memories / a tender mother

Similar:

caring; protective (showing a care)

sentimental (given to or marked by sentiment or sentimentality)

Also:

soft (compassionate and kind; conciliatory)

Antonym:

tough (not given to gentleness or sentimentality)


Sense 2tender [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Hurting

Synonyms:

sore; tender; sensitive; raw

Context example:

the tender spot on his jaw

Similar:

painful (causing physical or psychological pain)


Sense 3tender [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Young and immature

Context example:

at a tender age

Similar:

immature; young ((used of living things especially persons) in an early period of life or development or growth)


Sense 4tender [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having or displaying warmth or affection

Synonyms:

lovesome; fond; affectionate; caring; tender; warm

Context examples:

affectionate children / caring parents / a fond embrace / fond of his nephew / a tender glance / a warm embrace

Similar:

loving (feeling or showing love and affection)


Sense 5tender [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Easy to cut or chew

Context example:

tender beef

Similar:

tenderised; tenderized (made tender as by marinating or pounding)

flakey; flaky (made of or easily forming flakes)

crisp; crispy (tender and brittle)

chewable; cuttable (easy to cut or chew)

Also:

comestible; eatable; edible (suitable for use as food)

Antonym:

tough (resistant to cutting or chewing)


Sense 6tender [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Physically untoughened

Synonyms:

untoughened; tender

Context example:

tender feet

Similar:

delicate; soft (easily hurt)

Also:

weak (having little physical or spiritual strength)

Antonym:

tough (physically toughened)


Sense 7tender [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Synonyms:

tippy; cranky; crank; tender

Similar:

unstable (lacking stability or fixity or firmness)

Domain category:

boat (a small vessel for travel on water)


Sense 8tender [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Context example:

tender green shoots

Similar:

delicate (exquisitely fine and subtle and pleasing; susceptible to injury)

Domain category:

flora; plant; plant life (a living organism lacking the power of locomotion)


TENDER (verb)


Sense 1tender [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Offer or present for acceptance

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Hypernyms (to "tender" is one way to...):

gift; give; present (give as a present; make a gift of)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody something
Somebody ----s something to somebody


Sense 2tender [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Propose a payment

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Synonyms:

bid; tender; offer

Context example:

The Swiss dealer offered $2 million for the painting

"Tender" entails doing...:

bargain; dicker (negotiate the terms of an exchange)

Domain category:

auction; auction sale; vendue (the public sale of something to the highest bidder)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "tender"):

by-bid (bid on behalf of someone else)

subscribe (offer to buy, as of stocks and shares)

overbid (bid more than the object is worth)

underbid (bid too low)

outbid (bid higher than others)

underbid (bid lower than a competing bidder)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s something PP


Sense 3tender [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make a tender of; in legal settlements

Classified under:

Verbs of buying, selling, owning

Hypernyms (to "tender" is one way to...):

offer; proffer (present for acceptance or rejection)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 4tender [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

tenderize; tenderise; tender

Context example:

tenderize meat

Hypernyms (to "tender" is one way to...):

alter; change; modify (cause to change; make different; cause a transformation)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


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