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Tender

November 20, 2014 – Word of the Day

tender

 

If something is tender, it’s soft, new, or fresh.

  • Fresh spinach is tender.
  • The chicken we ate last night was very tender.
  • This steak is juicy and tender.
  • Jenny’s bruised arm still feels tender.
  • Children who are of a tender age don’t need to be exposed to the harsh realities of life.
  • Their memories of life in the refugee camp are still tender.

The word "tender" is often used in situations that involve romance:

  • Maria has a tender heart that breaks easily.
  • Jim still feels a little tender following his divorce.
  • Husbands and wives express their love and tenderness towards each other. (The word "tenderness" is a noun.)
  • He tenderly kissed her on the head. (The word "tenderly" is an adverb.)

tender

This word can also be used as a verb. In this case, it means to give, but this is a very formal use of the word, and it’s almost always used for resignation from a job or in connection with business deals.

  • Peter tendered his resignation. (tender = give)
  • Gloria looks forward to tendering her resignation letter.
  • The partners have tendered an offer.
  • A dollar bill is legal tender. (legal tender = money. The word "tender" in this sentence is a "noun."

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