1. [ adjective ] hurting
Synonyms: sore sensitive

"the tender spot on his jaw"

Related terms: painful
2. [ adjective ] given to sympathy or gentleness or sentimentality

"a tender heart" "a tender smile" "tender loving care" "tender memories" "a tender mother"

Related terms: tough caring sentimental soft
3. [ adjective ] having or displaying warmth or affection
Synonyms: fond affectionate warm lovesome caring

"affectionate children" "caring parents" "a fond embrace" "fond of his nephew" "a tender glance" "a warm embrace"

Related terms: loving
4. [ adjective ] susceptible to physical or emotional injury
Synonyms: vulnerable

"at a tender age"

Related terms: young
5. [ adjective ] (food) easy to cut or chew

"tender beef"

Related terms: tough chewable flaky short tenderized tenderised crisp edible
6. [ verb ] offer or present for acceptance
Related terms: give
7. [ adjective ] physically untoughened
Synonyms: untoughened

"tender feet"

Related terms: tough delicate weak
8. [ verb ] propose a payment; as at sales or auctions
Synonyms: bid offer

"The Swiss dealer offered $2 million for the painting"

Related terms: subscribe overbid underbid by-bid underbid outbid auction offer bidder bargain bargain
9. [ noun ] a formal proposal to buy at a specified price
Synonyms: bid
Related terms: offer overbid buyout_bid offer
10. [ adjective ] (of plants) not hardy; easily killed by adverse growing condition

"tender green shoots"

Related terms: plant delicate
11. [ noun ] something used as an official medium of payment
Synonyms: legal_tender
Related terms: medium_of_exchange food_stamp
12. [ noun ] (nautical,transportation) a boat for communication between ship and shore
Synonyms: pinnace cutter ship's_boat
Related terms: boat gig
13. [ verb ] make tender or more tender as by marinating, pounding, or applying a tenderizer
Synonyms: tenderise tenderize

"tenderize meat"

Related terms: change tenderization tenderizer
14. [ adjective ] (used of boats) inclined to heel over easily under sail
Synonyms: cranky tippy crank
Related terms: boat unstable
15. [ verb ] make a tender of; in legal settlements
Related terms: offer bid
16. [ noun ] (transportation) car attached to a locomotive to carry fuel and water
Related terms: car
17. [ noun ] (work) someone who waits on or tends to or attends to the needs of another
Synonyms: attendant attender
Related terms: assistant courtier squire orderly bellboy checker batman companion page second equerry cupbearer escort esquire arouser groomsman linkboy orderly bridesmaid famulus page loader servitor racker squire steward stretcher-bearer trainbearer gillie caddie baggageman matron_of_honor rocker lifeguard tend serve
18. [ noun ] (nautical,transportation) ship that usually provides supplies to other ships
Synonyms: supply_ship
Related terms: ship
Similar spelling:   tenderly