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verb at·tend \ə-ˈtend\

Simple Definition of attend

  • : to go to and be present at (an event, meeting, etc.)

  • : to regularly go to (classes, church services, etc.)

  • : to help or care for (someone, such as a patient)

Full Definition of attend

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to pay attention to

  3. 2 :  to look after :  take charge of <campsites…attended by park rangers — Jackson Rivers>

  4. 3 a :  to go or stay with as a companion, nurse, or servant b :  to visit professionally especially as a physician

  5. 4 archaic a :  to wait for b :  to be in store for

  6. 5 :  to be present with :  accompany

  7. 6 :  to be present at :  go to <attend law school>

  8. intransitive verb
  9. 1 :  to apply oneself <attend to your work>

  10. 2 :  to apply the mind or pay attention :  heed

  11. 3 a :  to be ready for service <ministers who attend upon the king> b :  to be present

  12. 4 obsolete :  wait, stay

  13. 5 :  to direct one's attention :  see <I'll attend to that>

at·tend·er noun

Examples of attend

  1. My husband and I will both attend the banquet.

  2. How many people attended the baseball game?

  3. He won't be attending the conference.

  4. How many people will be attending?

  5. She attends a school in the city.

  6. He'll be attending the university in the fall.

  7. I am the first child in my family to attend college.

  8. We attend the same church.

  9. Each nurse attends 15 patients.

  10. A midwife attended the birth.

Origin of attend

Middle English, from Anglo-French atendre, from Latin attendere, literally, to stretch to, from ad- + tendere to stretch — more at thin

First Known Use: 14th century

Medical Dictionary


transitive verb at·tend \ə-ˈtend\

Medical Definition of attend

  1. :  to visit or stay with professionally as a physician or nurse

  2. at·tend·er noun

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