To have a tendency: paint that tends toward bubbling and peeling over time. To be disposed or inclined: tends toward exaggeration. To move or extend in a certain direction: Our ship tended northward. To have the care of; watch over; look after: tend a child. To manage the activities and transactions of; run: tend bar; tend a store in the owner's absence. To be an attendant or servant. To apply one's attention; attend: no time to tend to my diary.