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 for tending
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tend \Tend\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tended; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Tending.] [Aphetic form of attend. See Attend, Tend to
     move, and cf. Tender one that tends or attends.]
     1. To accompany as an assistant or protector; to care for the
        wants of; to look after; to watch; to guard; as, shepherds
        tend their flocks. --Shak.
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              And flaming ministers to watch and tend
              Their earthly charge.                 --Milton.
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              There 's not a sparrow or a wren,
              There 's not a blade of autumn grain,
              Which the four seasons do not tend
              And tides of life and increase lend.  --Emerson.
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     2. To be attentive to; to note carefully; to attend to.
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              Being to descend
              A ladder much in height, I did not tend
              My way well down.                     --Chapman.
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     To tend a vessel (Naut.), to manage an anchored vessel when
        the tide turns, so that in swinging she shall not entangle
        the cable.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  tending
      adj 1: (usually followed by `to') naturally disposed toward; "he
             is apt to ignore matters he considers unimportant"; "I am
             not minded to answer any questions" [syn: apt(p),
             disposed(p), given(p), minded(p), tending(p)]
      n 1: the work of providing treatment for or attending to someone
           or something; "no medical care was required"; "the old car
           needs constant attention" [syn: care, attention, aid,
           tending]

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