What does the word tend mean?

Usage examples for tend

  1. Says I, I may tend to one or two fashionable parties, or levys as I s'pose they call 'em here. – Sweet Cicely Or Josiah Allen as a Politician by Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley)
  2. He would take the child to Williamsburgh with him, and get some woman to tend her until he could find kind and decent folk with whom to bestow her. – Audrey by Mary Johnston
  3. There are many causes which tend to lower the average health and strength of our people. – Thoughts on Educational Topics and Institutions by George S. Boutwell