(noun, adjective, verb)


1. given to sympathy or gentleness or sentimentality

- a tender heart

- a tender smile

- tender loving care

Similar word(s): soft, protective, sentimental

2. hurting

- the tender spot on his jaw

Similar word(s): painful, raw, sensitive, sore

3. young and immature

- at a tender age

Similar word(s): immature, young

4. having or displaying warmth or affection

- a tender glance

Similar word(s): loving, affectionate, fond, lovesome

5. easy to cut or chew

- tender beef

Similar word(s): comestible, eatable, edible, chewable, cuttable, crisp, crispy, flakey, flaky, tenderised, tenderized

6. physically untoughened

- tender feet

Similar word(s): weak, delicate, soft, untoughened

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

Similar word(s): unstable, crank, cranky, tippy

8. (of plants) not hardy; easily killed by adverse growing condition

- tender green shoots

Similar word(s): delicate

Sentences with tender as an adjective:

- tender plants; tender flesh; tender fruit

- Suzanne was such a tender and sweet mother to her children.

- tender expressions; tender expostulations; a tender strain

- a tender subject


1. something that can be used as an official medium of payment

Similar word(s): stamp

Definition categories: possession

2. someone who waits on or tends to or attends to the needs of another

Similar word(s): attendant, attender

Definition categories: person, assistant, help, helper, supporter

3. a formal proposal to buy at a specified price

Similar word(s): bid

Definition categories: communication, offer, offering

4. car attached to a locomotive to carry fuel and water

Definition categories: man–made, car, railcar

5. a boat for communication between ship and shore

Similar word(s): cutter, pinnace

Definition categories: man–made, boat

6. ship that usually provides supplies to other ships

Definition categories: man–made, ship

Sentences with tender as a noun:

- submarine tender

- destroyer tender

- Your credit card has been declined so you need to provide some other tender such as cash.

- We will submit our tender to you within the week.


1. offer or present for acceptance

Definition categories: possession, gift, give, present

2. propose a payment

Similar word(s): bid, offer

Definition categories: possession

3. make a tender of; in legal settlements

Definition categories: possession, offer, proffer

4. make tender or more tender as by marinating, pounding, or applying a tenderizer

- tenderize meat

Similar word(s): tenderise, tenderize

Definition categories: change, alter, modify

Sentences with tender as a verb:

- to tender one’s resignation

- In business law, a tender offer is an invitation to shareholders of a corporation to tender, or exchange, their shares in return for a monetary buy-out.