tender

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noun (esp. BrE)
ADJECTIVE
highest, lowest
successful
competitive

The contract was put out to competitive tender.

open, private, public
VERB + TENDER
make, put in, submit
invite, put sth out to, seek

The government invited tenders for a project to computerize the social security system.

go out to

The building of the new school will go out to tender.

win
lose
accept
TENDER + NOUN
offer
document
price
PREPOSITION
by tender

The property is to be sold by tender.

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verb
Tender is used with these nouns as the object: ↑resignation
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adj.
1 kind and loving
VERBS
be, feel, seem
become
ADVERB
achingly, very

The letters to Penelope are achingly tender.

almost

Her expression became soft, almost tender.

PREPOSITION
towards/toward

He felt tender and loving towards/toward her.

2 soft and easy to cut/bite
VERBS
be, seem
become
ADVERB
beautifully (esp. BrE), deliciously (esp. BrE), exceptionally, meltingly, very

This meat is beautifully tender.

just

Boil the potatoes in salted water until just tender.

almost
3 painful when touched
VERBS
be, feel, look

The back of my neck feels very tender.

become
ADVERB
extremely, fairly, very, etc.
a little, slightly, etc.
Tender is used with these nouns: ↑age, ↑beef, ↑breast, ↑care, ↑caress, ↑chicken, ↑conscience, ↑document, ↑embrace, ↑feeling, ↑flesh, ↑heart, ↑kiss, ↑love, ↑meat, ↑mercy, ↑moment, ↑offer, ↑shoot, ↑skin, ↑spot, ↑steak, ↑year

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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