at·​tend | \ə-ˈtend \
attended; attending; attends

Definition of attend 

transitive verb

1 : to be present at : to go to attend a meeting attend law school

2 : to pay attention to attend the warning signs

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

4a : to go or stay with as a companion, nurse, or servant ministers who attend the king

b : to visit professionally especially as a physician a doctor attending his patients

5 : to be present with : accompany

6 archaic

a : to wait for

b : to be in store for

intransitive verb

1 : to direct one's attention : see used with to I'll attend to [=deal with] that myself.

2 : to apply oneself attend to your work

3 : to apply the mind or pay attention : heed attend to his advice

4a : to be ready for service ministers who attend upon the king

b : to be present How many people attended?

5 obsolete : wait, stay

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Other Words from attend

attender noun

Examples of attend in a Sentence

My husband and I will both attend the banquet. How many people attended the baseball game? He won't be attending the conference. How many people will be attending? She attends a school in the city. He'll be attending the university in the fall. I am the first child in my family to attend college. We attend the same church. Each nurse attends 15 patients. A midwife attended the birth.
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Three weeks later, Terry Jo attended the first-ever world conference of the International Angelman Syndrome Organization in Finland. Shelley Levitt, Woman's Day, "These 4 Inspirational Women Went to Great Lengths for Their Kids," 4 Dec. 2018 Samsung and Verizon will be attending Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Technology Summit in Hawaii this week, and will have a proof-of-concept phone using Qualcomm’s X50 5G modem on hand. Sam Byford, The Verge, "A 5G Samsung phone will come to Verizon by June," 3 Dec. 2018 In the wake of the fires, Iskandar attended many United Policyholders meetings, and sometimes volunteered with the group. Susie Cagle, Curbed, "California’s changing fire country," 10 Oct. 2018 The suit also says that McCracken has been removed from making decisions over her products and is prevented from attending senior leadership meetings. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "League of Legends maker Riot Games is sued for gender-based discrimination," 6 Nov. 2018 Speaking to students at the University of the South Pacific, Markle preached the importance of higher education for women, weaving in personal experiences about attending college at Northwestern. D. Elizabeth, Glamour, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Sneaked in a Romantic Getaway During Their Royal Tour," 25 Oct. 2018 Simmons introduced Dolce & Gabbana to the Boy's Club after attending the event last year. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Dolce & Gabbana and the Boys’ Club of New York Host a Disco Dance Party," 24 Oct. 2018 Affleck has been in rehab since August, after previously attending treatment programs in 2001 and 2017, according to People. Dan Barna, SELF, "After 40 Days of Rehab, Ben Affleck Reveals He’s Now in Outpatient Treatment," 5 Oct. 2018 Instead of attending an after party, Camila closed the night with some celebratory cake, because how else does one celebrate? Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Camila Cabello Randomly Dancing Was the Best Part of the 2018 MTV VMAs," 21 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of attend

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

History and Etymology for attend

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

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English Language Learners 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)


at·​tend | \ə-ˈtend \
attended; attending

Kids Definition of attend

1 : to go to or be present at attend school attend a party

2 : to look after : take charge of The hotel staff attended to my every need.

3 : to direct attention attend to business

4 : to pay attention to All the children had been attending … to what Mr. Beaver was telling them …— C. S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

5 : to go with especially as a servant or companion Servants attended the king.

6 : to care for Nurses attend the sick.

at·​tend | \ə-ˈtend \

Medical Definition of attend 

: to visit with or care for in a professional capacity

Other Words from attend

attender noun

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