[ verb ] have a tendency or disposition to do or be something; be inclined
"She tends to be nervous before her lectures" "These dresses run small" "He inclined to corpulence"
Used in print(The Times-Picayune, [New Orleans]...)
It is not as convenient as the old type toothbrush and the paste tends to shimmy of the bristles .(Schubert Ogden, Christ Without Myth....)
However , even if the latent demand for demythologization is not nearly as widespread as we are claiming , at_least among the cultured elements of the population there tends to be an almost complete indifference to the church and its traditional message of sin and grace .(High Fidelity, 11:10...)
Schnabel 's emphasis on structural clarity , his innate rhythmic vibrancy , and impetuous intensity all tend to stamp his reading as a symphonic one .(Edward P. Lawton, "Northern Liberals and Southern...)
The race_problem has tended to obscure other , less emotional , issues which may fundamentally be even more divisive .(Frank Oppenheimer, "Science and Fear-- A Discussion...)
In agriculture , for_example , despite the advances in biology , elaborate rituals tend to persist along with a continued sense of the imminence of some natural disaster .
[ verb ] exhibit an inclination or tendency
Used in print(The Atlanta Constitution,...)
The recent history of the Dominican_Republic is an almost classical study of the way in_which even a professedly benevolent dictatorship tends to become oppressive .
Since rococo music tends to be pretty and elegant above_all , it can seem rather vacuous to twentieth-century ears that have grown accustomed_to the stress and dissonances of composers from Beethoven to Boulez .(The New York Times...)
Mr._Verreau began shakily , with a voice that tended toward an unpleasant whiteness when pushed beyond middle volume .(Schuyler Cammann, "The Magic Square of Three in...)
Scholars made numbered sets of as_many things as possible in Nature , or assigned arbitrary numbers to individual things , in a fashion that seems to the modern scientific mind as downright nonsensical , and philosophical ideas based upon all this tended to stifle speculative thought in China for many centuries .