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What does tend mean?

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  1. (transitive, now chiefly dialectal) To kindle; ignite; set on fire; light; inflame; burn.
  1. (law, Old English law) To make a tender of; to offer or tender.
  2. (followed by a to infinitive) To be likely, or probable to do something, or to have a certain characteristic. [from the mid-14th c.]
  1. (with to) To look after (e.g. an ill person.) [from the early 14th c.]
  2. To accompany as an assistant or protector; to care for the wants of; to look after; to watch; to guard.
  3. To wait (upon), as attendants or servants; to serve; to attend.
  4. (obsolete) To await; to expect.
  5. (obsolete) To be attentive to; to note carefully; to attend to.
  6. (transitive, nautical) To manage (an anchored vessel) when the tide turns, to prevent it from entangling the cable when swinging.
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