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 toI'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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Recent Examples on the Web Only 18 spectators will be permitted to attend swim and dive team meets. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Optimism for contract talks and levy remain, although Cleveland Heights Teachers Union authorizes strike date," 17 Nov. 2020 According to a team spokesperson, Ravens family members, who had been the first spectators allowed back in, will also not be permitted to attend under the new policy. Daniel Oyefusi,, "Ravens won’t allow fans at home game vs. Titans as COVID-19 numbers continue to rise in Maryland," 16 Nov. 2020 Whether any fans will be permitted to attend the events will be determined later. Mick Mccabe, Detroit Free Press, "MHSAA wants to finish football playoffs before New Year, but is at the mercy of new orders," 16 Nov. 2020 Most children are permitted to attend school in person just one to three days a week. Eliza Shapiro, New York Times, "Did It Hit 3%? Why Parents and Teachers Are Fixated on One Number," 15 Nov. 2020 The Rose Bowl will unveil several improvements Saturday even though fans will not be permitted to attend the game. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, "Paul Grattan Jr. playing it forward after long-awaited UCLA debut," 12 Nov. 2020 There has been speculation that only Japanese residents may be permitted to attend, if spectators are allowed at all. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, "IOC is increasingly confident there will be fans at 2021 Tokyo Olympics, Thomas Bach says," 11 Nov. 2020 In the event fans are permitted to attend games, the athletic department will sell tickets on a single-game basis and tickets will be made available only to season-ticket holders, Cunningham said. Keith Jenkins, The Enquirer, "University of Cincinnati to start basketball season without fans at Fifth Third Arena," 3 Nov. 2020 Only 20 men, no guests or family members, all wearing face masks, were permitted to attend. oregonlive, "After 101 years, the Kiwanis Club of Portland votes to disband," 3 Nov. 2020

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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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2 Dec 2020

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“Attend.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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

Medical Definition of attend

: to visit with or care for in a professional capacity

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attender noun

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