attend

verb

at·​tend ə-ˈtend How to pronounce attend (audio)
attended; attending; attends

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
4
a
: 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
4
a
: to be ready for service
ministers who attend upon the king
b
: to be present
How many people attended?
5
obsolete : wait, stay
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.
Recent Examples on the Web The Florence Police Department says that the victims were attending a 21st birthday party when shots rang out. Ahjané Forbes, USA TODAY, 6 July 2024 Since then, the pair has supported one another in their respective careers on multiple occasions, with Swift attending more than a dozen of Kelce's NFL games, including the 2024 Super Bowl in February. Kimberlee Speakman, Peoplemag, 6 July 2024 LeBron James, unable to attend because of his commitment to attend Team USA‘s training camp in Las Vegas ahead of the Olympics, watched a video of his son making his first basket. Anthony De Leon, Los Angeles Times, 6 July 2024 The Butlers say that in 2023 alone, the operation had close to 40,000 guests. Visit a Traditional Greek Orthodox Cathedral A different type of fellowship takes place at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, where more than 1,000 families attend weekly services held in both Greek and English. Tara Massouleh McCay, Southern Living, 5 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for attend 

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Word History

Etymology

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, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of attend was in the 14th century

Dictionary Entries Near attend

Cite this Entry

“Attend.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/attend. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

attend

verb
at·​tend ə-ˈtend How to pronounce attend (audio)
1
a
: to pay attention to
attend my words
b
: to give one's attention
attend to business
2
: to go or stay with especially as a companion or servant
attend the sick
3
: to be present with
a cold attended by fever
4
: to go to or be present at especially to take part or observe
attend a party
attend school
5
: to take charge of : look after
a doorman attending the entrance

Medical Definition

attend

transitive verb
at·​tend ə-ˈtend How to pronounce attend (audio)
: to visit with or care for in a professional capacity
attender noun

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