attend

verb
at·​tend | \ ə-ˈtend How to pronounce attend (audio) \
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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Prince Charles, Prince Harry, and Prince William are supporting Sir David Attenborough by attending the London premiere of his new Netflix series on April 4. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry & Prince William Are Going to a Netflix Premiere with Prince Charles," 23 Mar. 2019 Dave Dombrowski President of baseball operations, Boston Red Sox Dave Dombrowski landed his first job in professional baseball the way many young people do: by attending the annual winter meetings. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Red Sox GM Dave Dombrowski Dishes on Baseball and His Brain Trust," 21 Mar. 2019 In addition to attending college, both girls are involved in the entertainment industry in one way or another. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Everything to Know About Lori Loughlin's Kids, Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose," 12 Mar. 2019 The story of Grant and his friends attending their friends’ weddings—and one funeral—perfectly captured the romance of nuptials as well as all the stress, commitment, and emotional . . Vogue, "The 55 Best Romantic Comedies of All Time," 1 Feb. 2019 Hermione's younger self might be the most confusing if only for her insistence on wearing a private school uniform despite attending public school. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Crazy Secrets We Learned About the "Riverdale" Parents on “The Midnight Club” Episode," 8 Nov. 2018 Kate Middleton stepped out to attend a gala hosted by the National Portrait Gallery in London today. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Wears a Floral Alexander McQueen Gown at to the National Portrait Gallery Gala," 12 Mar. 2019 Watch the panel live starting at 6:30 p.m. below: Find out how to attend the Tory Burch Foundation's #EmbraceAmbition series next year here. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Tory Burch's #EmbraceAmbition Series Will Inspire You to Start Your Own Business," 8 Mar. 2019 In 1999, Alison moved from Chicago to Las Vegas to attend the University of Nevada. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Why Windy City Rehab's Alison Victoria Is the Woman to Watch on HGTV," 4 Mar. 2019

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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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attend

verb

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)

attend

verb
at·​tend | \ ə-ˈtend How to pronounce attend (audio) \
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 How to pronounce attend (audio) \

Medical Definition of attend

: to visit with or care for in a professional capacity

Other Words from attend

attender noun

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