Definition Of tender


(of a part of the body) sensitive to pain.

the pale, tender skin of her forearm

(of a ship) leaning or readily inclined to roll in response to the wind.


(of food) easy to cut or chew; not tough.

tender green beans

a boat used to ferry people and supplies to and from a ship.

You can tie up your own tender at the dinghy docks or go ashore in one of the harbor launches.

a person who looks after someone else or a machine or place.

Alexei signaled to one of the engine tenders

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Example Of tender

  • tender green beans

  • a minimum tender price

  • A slight splinter can chafe the skin until it is tender and sore.

  • All tender plants need to be kept in a frost-free greenhouse or in a cool place indoors.

  • All good dives finally come to an end and he surfaces, hooks in hand, beside the branch boat, inflates his BC, slips out of his gear and carefully hands in the hooks to a boat tender .

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