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a gentle/tender kiss
▪ She could still feel that last tender kiss.
legal tender
▪ Dealing with drivers at this tender age obviously sparked an interest in transport which has developed over the years.
▪ At my tender age, I could only look on.
▪ Alongside me was Sam Ratcliffe who, at the tender age of sixteen, had already had quite a bit of publicity.
▪ Tennis players start at a more tender age these days.
▪ He knows how it feels to lose a father at a tender age.
▪ And it has just happened to Kate Moss at the tender age of 18.
▪ Just as the grieving adult needs tender care and attention, so does the child.
▪ She was blossoming like the flowers nourished by her tender care.
▪ Enzyme treatment permits the use of dry heat methods of cooking for less tender cuts.
▪ Less tender cuts Of meat are made tender by mOist heat methods Of cooking: braising and stewing.
▪ Consumer preference is for tender cuts.
▪ The forequarter contains the rib section for tender roasts and the chuck, which is meaty but yields less tender cuts.
▪ Who would expect to get such a juicy, tender cut of beef at a little place like this?
Cuts from the chuck and the round are less tender cuts unless they come from high-quality carcasses.
▪ Grinding beef to make hamburger is a means of tenderizing less tender cuts.
▪ A tender meat with a fragrant flavour, New Zealand Lamb is available in a wide range of cuts.
▪ It has tender meat and soft, pliable, smooth-textured skin. 5.
▪ Perhaps these are the peelings as they eat the more tender meat inside.
▪ Not like Tod and his tender mercies.
▪ Nigel and Gina were left to each other's tender mercies.
▪ A feeling came over me: light-headed, awesome, a feeling of tender mercies.
▪ But the flinch was not because he had touched a tender spot on her neck.
▪ It prods at our most tender spots, at our deepest terror.
▪ It was because a tender spot on her soul was regaining consciousness.
▪ You would soon have lumps on your most tender spot.
▪ But speculation is rife that Arsenal's Ashley Cole will be there, despite his tender years and limited experience.
▪ I would be distressed to hear of any ladies reading it, let alone a girl of your tender years and experience.
▪ Like many such people he spent his tender years caddying.
▪ These are establishments which, for a fee, will undertake to foster children of very tender years.
leave sb to sb's (tender) mercies
tender blossoms
▪ a tender, caring woman
▪ Cook the curry for another 40 minutes or until the meat is tender.
▪ Fleury saw an expression of tender devotion come over his father's face.
▪ I was feeling rather fragile, and in need of tender loving care.
▪ My mouth was tender and swollen where he had hit me.
▪ Now I'm going to press down on several places around your knee, and you tell me when it feels tender.
▪ The sirloin was moist and tender on the inside.
▪ They gave each other a tender kiss.
▪ When she spoke, her voice was full of tender concern.
▪ Your mouth will be tender for a few days after the operation.
▪ Beef cuts are described as tender and less tender.
▪ It was an unexpectedly tender insight on the part of the Arabs to accommodate their infants up here where it was airy and cool.
▪ Like the town in which he lived most of his life, he was tough but tender.
▪ She was blossoming like the flowers nourished by her tender care.
▪ Stir in broth and simmer over medium-low heat, stirring often, until onions are very tender, about 20 minutes.
▪ That contrast of tender sensibility and senseless brutality was etched into my mind, exposing the utter meaninglessness of violence and war.
▪ That includes, of course going out to tender on various contracts.
▪ John had ridden this route the previous year, before he had tendered for the contract.
▪ We have put out to tender the contract for prison escort services, an approach which has worked well in other countries.
▪ What price should we tender for a contract?
▪ This document is also an invitation to tender.
▪ Strategic objectives Pearl's invitation to tender set out several important objectives.
▪ East resigned, Rowlands returned, but not until the junior vice-president, Rhys Williams, had tendered his resignation.
▪ The following day, a Friday, Buell Gallagher tendered his resignation as president, effective Monday.
▪ Disillusioned with managing the national team, Andy Beattie chose the most inappropriate moment to tender his resignation.
▪ Wang had tendered his resignation on Oct. 7 following widespread public and cross-party criticism of his controversial proposal for land tax reforms.
▪ Piqued, Falkenhayn tendered his resignation to the Kaiser, but it was rejected.
▪ He was successful, and tendered his resignation from Stockport with effect from 31st October.
▪ Previously Bank vice-president, he succeeded Wladyslaw Baka, who had tendered his resignation on Jan. 17.
▪ Still hopelessly divided, they expected to hear that he had tendered their collective resignations to the King.
▪ They're protesting at the government's proposals to allow private firms to tender for prison work.
▪ Unfortunately, the cheque they tendered subsequently bounced, an occurrence that had become their trademark around the world.
▪ But they are the old-style notes without silver strips although legal tender could arouse suspicion.
▪ His followers made it a legal tender at the stores for everything they wanted.
▪ It was not legal tender but traded at a free price against the rouble, and was informally linked to gold.
▪ In June we invited tenders for up to three more frigates.
▪ He would then have drawings and quantities prepared and would invite tenders for a fixed sum.
▪ Furthermore, we intend to invite tenders for the building of an aviation support ship shortly.
▪ He looked after his wife with infinite care and tenderness.
▪ Methods of cooking such as braising and stewing are used to increase tenderness in tougher cuts of meat.
▪ At the weekly tender each tender must be for not less than £50 000.
▪ Pressure came in later years to accept the lowest tenders, irrespective of the quality of the bid.
▪ Provided there is sufficient interest, tenders should also result in certainty of sale within a defined period.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Tender \Ten"der\, n.

  1. (Law) An offer, either of money to pay a debt, or of service to be performed, in order to save a penalty or forfeiture, which would be incurred by nonpayment or nonperformance; as, the tender of rent due, or of the amount of a note, with interest.

    Note: To constitute a legal tender, such money must be offered as the law prescribes. So also the tender must be at the time and place where the rent or debt ought to be paid, and it must be to the full amount due.

  2. Any offer or proposal made for acceptance; as, a tender of a loan, of service, or of friendship; a tender of a bid for a contract.

    A free, unlimited tender of the gospel.

  3. The thing offered; especially, money offered in payment of an obligation.

    Legal tender. See under Legal.

    Tender of issue (Law), a form of words in a pleading, by which a party offers to refer the question raised upon it to the appropriate mode of decision.


Tender \Tend"er\, n. [From Tend to attend. Cf. Attender.]

  1. One who tends; one who takes care of any person or thing; a nurse.

  2. (Naut.) A vessel employed to attend other vessels, to supply them with provisions and other stores, to convey intelligence, or the like.

  3. A car attached to a locomotive, for carrying a supply of fuel and water.


Tender \Ten"der\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tendered; p. pr. & vb. n. Tendering.] [F. tendre to stretch, stretch out, reach, L. tendere. See Tend to move.]

  1. (Law) To offer in payment or satisfaction of a demand, in order to save a penalty or forfeiture; as, to tender the amount of rent or debt.

  2. To offer in words; to present for acceptance.

    You see how all conditions, how all minds, . . . tender down Their services to Lord Timon.


Tender \Ten"der\, a. [Compar. Tenderer; superl. Tenderest.] [F. tendre, L. tener; probably akin to tenuis thin. See Thin.]

  1. Easily impressed, broken, bruised, or injured; not firm or hard; delicate; as, tender plants; tender flesh; tender fruit.

  2. Sensible to impression and pain; easily pained.

    Our bodies are not naturally more tender than our faces.

  3. Physically weak; not hardly or able to endure hardship; immature; effeminate.

    The tender and delicate woman among you.
    --Deut. xxviii. 56.

  4. Susceptible of the softer passions, as love, compassion, kindness; compassionate; pitiful; anxious for another's good; easily excited to pity, forgiveness, or favor; sympathetic.

    The Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.
    --James v. 11.

    I am choleric by my nature, and tender by my temper.

  5. Exciting kind concern; dear; precious.

    I love Valentine, Whose life's as tender to me as my soul!

  6. Careful to save inviolate, or not to injure; -- with of. ``Tender of property.''

    The civil authority should be tender of the honor of God and religion.

  7. Unwilling to cause pain; gentle; mild.

    You, that are thus so tender o'er his follies, Will never do him good.

  8. Adapted to excite feeling or sympathy; expressive of the softer passions; pathetic; as, tender expressions; tender expostulations; a tender strain.

  9. Apt to give pain; causing grief or pain; delicate; as, a tender subject. ``Things that are tender and unpleasing.''

  10. (Naut.) Heeling over too easily when under sail; -- said of a vessel.

    Note: Tender is sometimes used in the formation of self-explaining compounds; as, tender-footed, tender-looking, tender-minded, tender-mouthed, and the like.

    Syn: Delicate; effeminate; soft; sensitive; compassionate; kind; humane; merciful; pitiful.


Tender \Ten"der\, n. [Cf. F. tendre.] Regard; care; kind concern. [Obs.]


Tender \Ten"der\, v. t. To have a care of; to be tender toward; hence, to regard; to esteem; to value. [Obs.]

For first, next after life, he tendered her good.

Tender yourself more dearly.

To see a prince in want would move a miser's charity. Our western princes tendered his case, which they counted might be their own.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"soft, easily injured," early 13c., from Old French tendre "soft, delicate; young" (11c.), from Latin tenerem (nominative tener) "soft, delicate; of tender age, youthful," from a derivative of PIE root *ten- "stretch" (see tenet), on the notion of "stretched," hence "thin," hence "weak" or "young." Compare Sanskrit tarunah "young, tender," Greek teren "tender, delicate," Armenian t'arm "young, fresh, green." \n

\nMeaning "kind, affectionate, loving" first recorded early 14c. Meaning "having the delicacy of youth, immature" is attested in English from early 14c. Related: Tenderly; tenderness. Tender-hearted first recorded 1530s.


"to offer formally," 1540s, from Middle French tendre "to offer, hold forth" (11c.), from Latin tendere "to stretch, extend" (see tenet). The retention of the ending of the French infinitive is unusual (see render (v.) for another example). The noun meaning "formal offer for acceptance" is from 1540s; specific sense of "money that may be legally offered as payment" is from 1740; hence legal tender "currency."


"person who tends another," late 15c., probably an agent noun formed from Middle English tenden "attend to" (see tend (v.2)); later extended to locomotive engineers (1825) and barmen (1883). The meaning "small boat used to attend larger ones" first recorded 1670s.


Etymology 1

  1. 1 Sensitive or pain to the touch. 2 Easily bruised or injured; not firm or hard; delicate. 3 Physically weak; not able to endure hardship. 4 (context of food English) Soft and easily chewed. 5 Sensible to impression and pain; easily pained. 6 fond, loving, gentle, sweet. 7 Adapted to excite feeling or sympathy; expressive of the softer passions; pathetic. 8 Apt to give pain; causing grief or pain; delicate. 9 (context nautical English) Heeling over too easily when under sail; said of a vessel. 10 (context obsolete English) Exciting kind concern; dear; precious. 11 (context obsolete English) Careful to keep inviolate, or not to injure; used with ''of''. n. 1 (context obsolete English) regard; care; kind concern 2 The inner flight muscle (pectoralis minor) of poultry. v

  2. 1 (context now rare English) To make tender or delicate; to weaken. 2 to feel tenderly towards; to regard fondly. Etymology 2

    n. 1 (context obsolete English) Someone who tends or waits on someone. 2 (context rail transport English) A railroad car towed behind a steam engine to carry fuel and water. 3 (context nautical English) A naval ship that functions as a mobile base for other ships. 4 (context nautical English) A smaller boat used for transportation between a large ship and the shore. Etymology 3

    n. 1 A means of payment such as a check or cheque, cash or credit card. 2 (context legal English) A formal offer to buy or sell something. 3 Any offer or proposal made for acceptance. vb. 1 (context formal English) To offer, to give. 2 to offer a payment, as at sales or auctions.

  1. v. offer or present for acceptance

  2. propose a payment; "The Swiss dealer offered $2 million for the painting" [syn: offer, bid]

  3. make a tender of; in legal settlements

  4. make tender or more tender as by marinating, pounding, or applying a tenderizer; "tenderize meat" [syn: tenderize, tenderise]

  1. adj. given to sympathy or gentleness or sentimentality; "a tender heart"; "a tender smile"; "tender loving care"; "tender memories"; "a tender mother" [ant: tough]

  2. hurting; "the tender spot on his jaw" [syn: sensitive, sore]

  3. susceptible to physical or emotional injury; "at a tender age" [syn: vulnerable]

  4. having or displaying warmth or affection; "affectionate children"; "caring parents"; "a fond embrace"; "fond of his nephew"; "a tender glance"; "a warm embrace" [syn: affectionate, caring, fond, lovesome, warm]

  5. easy to cut or chew; "tender beef" [ant: tough]

  6. physically untoughened; "tender feet" [syn: untoughened] [ant: tough]

  7. (used of boats) inclined to heel over easily under sail [syn: crank, cranky, tippy]

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

  1. n. something used as an official medium of payment [syn: legal tender]

  2. someone who waits on or tends to or attends to the needs of another [syn: attendant, attender]

  3. a formal proposal to buy at a specified price [syn: bid]

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

  5. a boat for communication between ship and shore [syn: ship's boat, pinnace, cutter]

  6. ship that usually provides supplies to other ships [syn: supply ship]


Tender may refer to:

Tender (rail)

A tender or coal-car is a special rail vehicle hauled by a steam locomotive containing its fuel ( wood, coal, or oil) and water. Steam locomotives consume large quantities of water compared to the quantity of fuel, so their tenders are necessary to keep them running over long distances. A locomotive that pulls a tender is called a tender locomotive. Locomotives that do not have tenders and carry all their fuel and water on board the locomotive (itself) instead are called tank locomotives.

A brake tender is a tender that is heavy and used (primarily) to provide greater braking efficiency.

Tender (song)

"Tender" is a 1999 song by English rock band Blur.

Tender (album)

Tender is a compilation album by British rock artists Wishbone Ash, released in May 2008 by the Talking Elephant label. It features mellow songs by the band and complements the album Tough, featuring a compilation of rock numbers, that was released at the same time.

Tender (Until the Violence Stops)

Tender (formerly Until the Violence Stops) is a London-based charitable organisation that works to prevent domestic violence. Founded in 2003, Tender delivers educational violence prevention programmes to secondary schools, Pupil Referral Units (PRUs) and youth centres throughout Greater London.

Tender (film)

Tender is a short comedy which was produced in Brisbane, Queensland by independent filmmaker Liz Tomkins and stars Australian stage, television and film actor Mark Conaghan.

The film was developed and produced under the Screen Australia Raw Nerve Short Film Initiative offered by QPIX in association with Screen Development Australia and Screen Queensland.

Usage examples of "tender".

The efforts of the Cortes were chiefly directed to the averting of the catastrophe of a national bankruptcy, which was effected by the acceptation of a loan, conjointly tendered by the Mercantile Association, and the Lisbon bank.

It was deep twilight when Ace sat down in front of the fire and attacked the tender, roasted meat, washing it down with swallows of coffee.

Boil until tender in salted and acidulated water to cover and serve with Hollandaise Sauce.

Julius was ageless and ancient, child and crone, a cruel sodomite and a tender saint.

Serena has a cruel and ungrateful appearance, which, according to the circumstances of the action, may be aggravated, or excused, by the consideration of her tender age.

They made no difference between me and their own child, and Alette became to me the tenderest and best of sisters.

Now beholding the scarred face of him, the tender, smiling lips, the adoration in his grey eyes, she trembled amain and, swaying to him, rested her hands on his mailed shoulders.

I invented on the spot three purely imaginary stories, making a great display of tender sentiments and of ardent love, but without alluding to amorous enjoyment, particularly when she seemed to expect me to do so.

If a feeling of modesty does not deter you from shewing yourself tender, loving, and full of amorous ardour with me in his presence, how could I be ashamed, when, on the contrary, I ought to feel proud of myself?

Seeing her every day, I had dispersed my amorous fancies, and friendship and gratitude seemed to have vanquished all other feelings, for I was obliged to confess that this charming girl had lavished on me the most tender and assiduous care.

My mother asked him to talk to her and he returned from the guest house with his Fra Angelico eyebrows lifted in tender exasperation.

He is rather like that detestable and spidery thing the araucaria, which has a wound for every tender hand, and invites no bright-eyed feathered songsters to perch or build among its sinister branches.

And I recommend to them that, while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners, or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty hand to heal the wounds of the nation, and to restore it, as soon as may be consistent with divine purposes, to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity, and union.

Have carrots cut in small cubes or straws, turnips and beet root the same, green string beans cut in small pieces, asparagus and peas, all cooked separately until tender.

On the occasion of my third supper with Anastasia I was more tender than ever, and she was very much astonished to find that I had cooled down when I got to my room.