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In a gentle or delicate manner
“Keith touched her tenderly on her back. They definitely seemed comfortable together.”
With love and affection
“She loved him tenderly, and she had good reason to do so, for no one had ever seen a more charming child.”
In a kind or thoughtful manner
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“Henderson tenderly offered a cup of coffee to the newcomer.”
Adverb for lacking bodily or structural strength
“All tender plants need to be kept in a frost-free greenhouse or in a cool place indoors.”
Adverb for young or immature in age
“He has collected a wealth of happy memories since he joined the team at the tender age of 15.”
Adverb for inexperienced or vulnerable, typically due to one's youth
“In an act of self-sacrifice, she grasps the sword of the executioner in an attempt, by wounding herself, to save from his cruel hands the tender young child she holds to her breast.”
Adverb for provoking strong emotions
“This tender story about a raccoon that doesn't want to go to school resonates with children's lives and family rituals.”
Adverb for suggestive of lustful or amorous intentions
“His gaze moved over her in a tender caress, watching the way her hair was blowing across her shoulders in a shining tumble of red gold.”
Adverb for painful when touched
“Changing the dressing on my war wounds was as good a way as any to judge a nurse, for my wounds were tender and sore in the extreme.”
Adverb for requiring tact or careful handling
“His bluster was utterly inappropriate for what was already a very tender and awkward situation.”
(of food) Adverb for easy to chew
“The tender lamb, with its slight edge of gaminess, is a perfect match for the meaty smokiness of the eggplant.”
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