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

Synonyms & Antonyms for attend


hark, harken, hear, hearken, heed, listen, mind


ignore, tune out

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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 power couple got hitched last November in a stunning Tuscan wedding attended by family and close friends—just a few days after the Astros won the World Series (not a bad couple of days for the newlyweds). Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Kate Upton Just Announced She's Expecting Her First Child," 14 July 2018 At an inauguration attended by government officials and foreign dignitaries, Mr. Camilo released new images taken by MeerKAT of the region surrounding the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy, some 25,000 light years away. Wendell Roelf, The Christian Science Monitor, "South Africa's MeerKAT telescope will help uncover next space frontier," 13 July 2018 Those attending can expect to learn more about pedestrian safety improvements, including new sidewalks and streetlights, as well any plans to ease transportation congestion along the city’s busy thoroughfares. Karen Huppertz, ajc, "Public invited to Peachtree Corners’ state of the city address," 12 July 2018 Iverson got involved with unified soccer through fellow Naperville resident and unifed partner Ethan Harvey, who just graduated from Naperville North and will be attending college and playing soccer at High Point University in North Carolina. Suzanne Baker, Naperville Sun, "Naperville athletes to share international stage at Special Olympics soccer competition," 12 July 2018 Bailey plays a game uncommon for this summer basketball scene, a recruiting meat market attended by small-school college coaches in logo’d shirts as the state’s best underclassmen are thrown into a pot and assigned a team. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Damon Bailey's son Brayton thrives in dad's Indiana basketball shadow," 11 July 2018 The event, attended by Israeli government ministers and Knesset members, also featured guest speaker U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, along with other dignitaries. Josh Hasten, Jewish Journal, "U.S. first-responders study methodology in Israel," 3 July 2018 Trooper Nicholas Clark was among responders to a 3:30 a.m. 911 call from the estranged wife of Steven Kiley, said State Police First Deputy Superintendent Chris Fiore at a news conference attended by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Cops: New York state trooper shot dead responding to call over suicidal man," 2 July 2018 Drag Queen Cheddar Gorgeous attends the Drag Protest Parade LGBTQi+ March against Trump on July 13, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. Ciara Nugent, Time, "Explosive Comments from Trump Kick Off Day of Mass Protests in the U.K.," 13 July 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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