Meaning of tender
— adj., v. -er, -est,
- soft or delicate in substance; not hard or tough: a tender steak.
- weak or delicate in constitution; not strong or hardy.
- (of plants) unable to withstand freezing temperatures.
- young or immature: children of tender age.
- delicate or soft in quality: tender blue.
- delicate, soft, or gentle: the tender touch of her hand.
- easily moved to sympathy or compassion; kind: a tender heart.
- affectionate or loving; sentimental or amatory: a tender glance.
- considerate or careful; chary or reluctant (usually fol. by of&hasp;).
- acutely or painfully sensitive: a tender bruise.
- easily distressed; readily made uneasy: a tender conscience.
- yielding readily to force or pressure; easily broken; fragile.
- of a delicate or ticklish nature; requiring careful or tactful handling: a tender subject.
- crank (def. 1).
- to make tender.
- to regard or treat tenderly.
- to present formally for acceptance; make formal offer of: to tender one's resignation.
- to offer or proffer.
- to offer, as money or goods, in payment of a debt or other obligation, esp. in exact accordance with the terms of the law and of the obligation.
- to make or submit a bid (often fol. by for).
- the act of tendering; an offer of something for acceptance.
- something tendered or offered, esp. money, as in payment.
- an offer made in writing by one party to another to execute certain work, supply certain commodities, etc., at a given cost; bid.
- an offer, as of money or goods, in payment or satisfaction of a debt or other obligation.
- a person who tends; a person who attends to or takes charge of someone or something.
- an auxiliary ship employed to attend one or more other ships, as for supplying provisions.
- a dinghy carried or towed by a yacht.
- a car attached to a steam locomotive for carrying fuel and water.
- tender (Thesaurus)