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Dictionary definition for: Tender

1. (a) given to sympathy or gentleness or sentimentality; "a tender heart" "a tender smile" "tender loving care" "tender memories" "a tender mother"

2. (v) offer or present for acceptance

3. (n) something used as an official medium of payment

4. (v) propose a payment; "The Swiss dealer offered $2 million for the painting"

5. (s) hurting; "the tender spot on his jaw"

6. (n) someone who waits on or tends to or attends to the needs of another

7. (v) make a tender of; in legal settlements

8. (n) a formal proposal to buy at a specified price

9. (s) susceptible to physical or emotional injury; "at a tender age"

10. (v) make tender or more tender as by marinating, pounding, or applying a tenderizer; "tenderize meat"

11. (s) having or displaying warmth or affection; "affectionate children" "caring parents" "a fond embrace" "fond of his nephew" "a tender glance" "a warm embrace"

12. (n) car attached to a locomotive to carry fuel and water

13. (a) easy to cut or chew; "tender beef"

14. (n) a boat for communication between ship and shore

15. (n) ship that usually provides supplies to other ships

16. (a) physically untoughened; "tender feet"

17. (s) (used of boats) inclined to heel over easily under sail

18. (s) (of plants) not hardy; easily killed by adverse growing condition; "tender green shoots"

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