Tender - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈtendər|  American pronunciation of the word tender
Brit.  |ˈtendə|  British pronunciation of the word tender


- something that can be used as an official medium of payment (syn: stamp)
- someone who waits on or tends to or attends to the needs of another (syn: attendant)
- a formal proposal to buy at a specified price (syn: bid)
- car attached to a locomotive to carry fuel and water
- a boat for communication between ship and shore (syn: cutter, pinnace)
- ship that usually provides supplies to other ships


- offer or present for acceptance
- propose a payment (syn: bid, offer)
- make a tender of; in legal settlements
- make tender or more tender as by marinating, pounding, or applying a tenderizer (syn: tenderize)
tenderize meat


- hurting (syn: raw, sensitive, sore)
the tender spot on his jaw
- young and immature
at a tender age
- having or displaying warmth or affection (syn: affectionate, fond)
a tender glance
- (used of boats) inclined to heel over easily under sail (syn: crank, cranky, tippy)
- (of plants) not hardy; easily killed by adverse growing condition
tender green shoots

Extra examples

He gave her a tender look.

She was tender and loving with her new child.

Cook the pasta until it is just tender.

Her wrist was swollen and tender.

Continue cooking until the meat is tender.

My arm is still tender where I bruised it.

Her voice was tender and soft.

As company secretary, you must tender the proposal.

The seller has the right to keep the goods until payment is tendered to him.

Minton tendered her resignation on Friday.

We are unable to tender competitively for the contract.

Our bid was the lowest tender.

The contract for building the houses will be put out to tender.

I have never heard before the piano sound so tender.

The meat is so tender you can cut it with a fork.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: tender
he/she/it: tenders
present participle: tendering
past tense: tendered
past participle: tendered
singular: tender
plural: tenders
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