Definition of attend
1 : to pay attention to
2 : to look after : take charge of <campsites…attended by park rangers — Jackson Rivers>
3 a : to go or stay with as a companion, nurse, or servant b : to visit professionally especially as a physician
4 archaic a : to wait for b : to be in store for
5 : to be present with : accompany
6 : to be present at : go to <attend law school>
1 : to apply oneself <attend to your work>
2 : to apply the mind or pay attention : heed
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.
Origin and Etymology 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
ATTEND Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of attend for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of attend for Students
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.>
Medical Definition of attend
: to visit with or care for in a professional capacity
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