definition 1: to have an inclination or disposition to behave in a certain way or display a certain characteristic; be inclined.
example: Human beings tend to fear things that are unfamiliar to them.
example: He tends to speak very softly when he’s nervous.
example: This breed of dog tends to be lively and require a great deal of exercise.
definition 2: to go in a certain direction (usually followed by to or toward).
example: This area gets more pollution when the wind tends to the east.
example: The road tends toward the right as it reaches the bottom of the hill.
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