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A tender is one of several types of boat or ship, all sharing the general function of servicing another type of air or sea vessel.

Steam locomotives often have tenderss, which are a type of railroad car hauled immediately after the locomotive proper that contain the fuel and water.

Legal tender is a term used of currency.

When a government, or sometimes a company, wants a particular project (such as a construction job) to be carried out by a contracting company, it often calls for tenders, or sealed offers naming a price to do the job. The competitors for the job must submit their tenders by a certain deadline, after which all are opened together, and typically the lowest tender wins the project.