What is the meaning of tender?


  • Something that can be used as an official medium of payment.
  • Someone who waits on or tends to or attends to the needs of another.
  • A formal proposal to buy at a specified price.
  • Car attached to a locomotive to carry fuel and water.
  • A boat for communication between ship and shore.
  • Ship that usually provides supplies to other ships.


  • Offer or present for acceptance.
  • Propose a payment.
    • usage: "The Swiss dealer offered $2 million for the painting"
  • Make a tender of; in legal settlements.
  • Make tender or more tender as by marinating, pounding, or applying a tenderizer.
    • usage: "tenderize meat"


  • Given to sympathy or gentleness or sentimentality.
    • usage: "a tender heart"; "a tender smile"; "tender loving care"; "tender memories"; "a tender mother"
  • Hurting.
    • usage: "the tender spot on his jaw"
  • Young and immature.
    • usage: "at a tender age"
  • Having or displaying warmth or affection.
    • usage: "affectionate children"; "a fond embrace"; "fond of his nephew"; "a tender glance"; "a warm embrace"
  • Easy to cut or chew.
    • usage: "tender beef"
  • Physically untoughened.
    • usage: "tender feet"
  • Used of boats. ( inclined to heel over easily under sail)
  • Of plants. ( not hardy; easily killed by adverse growing condition)
    • usage: "tender green shoots"
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