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Definition of tender
adjective (tenderer, tenderest)
1showing gentleness and concern or sympathy:he was being so kind and tender [predic.]
) archaic solicitous of; concerned for:be tender of a lady’s reputation
2(of food) easy to cut or chew; not tough:tender green beans (of a plant) easily injured by severe weather and therefore needing protection. (of a part of the body) sensitive to pain:the pale, tender skin of her forearm young, immature, and vulnerable:at the tender age of five requiring tact or careful handling:the issue of conscription was a particularly tender one Nautical (of a ship) leaning or readily inclined to roll in response to the wind.