tender

Definitions

General English

Accounting

  • noun an offer to do something for a specific price

Agriculture

  • adjective soft or susceptible to damage
  • adjective referring to a plant which cannot tolerate frost

Banking

  • verb to sell shares, usually at a price above the current price, in response to a tender offer

Commerce

  • verb to offer money

Construction

  • An offer showing a willingness to buy or sell at a specific price and under specific conditions.
  • In futures, the act on the part of a seller of a contract of giving notice to the clearinghouse that he intends to deliver the physical commodity in satisfaction of a futures contract.
  • A railroad car attached to a steam locomotive for carrying fuel and water, or a ship providing similar services in a fleet.
  • A formal offer of a bid. See also submit the bid.

Economics

  • noun an offer to do something for a certain price, especially an offer to buy a Treasury bill

Information & Library Science

  • noun a formal offer to supply goods or services at a stated price
  • verb to make a formal offer to do something

Medical

  • adjective referring to skin or a body part which is painful when touched

Politics

  • noun a document offering to do work or supply goods at a certain specified cost

Travel

  • noun an offer to work for a particular price
  • noun a small boat used to take passengers and cargo to a ship which is not moored alongside a quay

Origin & History of “tender”

English has two distinct words tender, both of which go back ultimately to the Indo-European base *ten- ‘stretch’. The adjective, ‘delicate, fragile’ (13th c.), comes via Old French tendre from Latin tener ‘delicate’, a descendant of *ten- and source also of English tendril (16th c.) (etymologically a ‘tender’ shoot). The verb, ‘offer’ (16th c.), comes from another Old French tendre, which went back to Latin tendere ‘stretch, hold out’ (source of English tend, tendency, etc).
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