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

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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Recent Examples on the Web The crowds on the National Mall were replaced by a colorful field of flags representing the Americans who could not attend the ceremony. Arlette Saenz, CNN, 21 Jan. 2022 This much is known: Discovery is set to present its next cycle of programming to advertisers on the morning of Tuesday, May 17, and plans to hold an in-person meeting for those who can attend under pandemic protocols. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 21 Jan. 2022 There are new viewing options for fans who will attend race weekend in June. Andrew Hammond, Detroit Free Press, 19 Jan. 2022 Senate Bill 313 would require that students who attend state technical colleges under the G.I. Bill be eligible for full tuition and fee remission for certain student activities and incidental fees set by the colleges' local boards. Devi Shastri, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 19 Jan. 2022 Those who attend the Olympics, including athletes and journalists, are required to download the app and upload their health and vaccination information to track potential outbreaks of COVID-19. Jon Brown, Fox News, 19 Jan. 2022 In response, nursing schools are reaching further upstream, recruiting high school students who can attend classes and graduate from high school with a nurse’s aide certificate. Sarah Varney, The Enquirer, 18 Jan. 2022 The board is holding a series of seven town hall meetings between Jan. 24 and Feb. 4, which also will be held virtually for those who can’t attend in person. Danya Perez, San Antonio Express-News, 18 Jan. 2022 Studies have found that children who attend high-quality pre-K grow up to have better high school graduation and college attendance rates, less criminal activity, and higher salaries. Naomi Martin,, 17 Jan. 2022

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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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25 Jan 2022

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“Attend.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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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 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.


transitive verb
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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