verb at·tend \ə-ˈtend\

Definition of attend

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to be present at :  to go to attend a meeting attend law school

  3. 2 :  to pay attention to attend the warning signs

  4. 3 :  to look after :  to take charge of … campsites … attended by park rangers. — Jackson Rivers

  5. 4a :  to go or stay with as a companion, nurse, or servant ministers who attend the kingb :  to visit professionally especially as a physician a doctor attending his patients

  6. 5 :  to be present with :  accompany

  7. 6 archaic a :  to wait forb :  to be in store for

  8. intransitive verb
  9. 1 :  to direct one's attention :  see —used with to I'll attend to [=deal with] that myself.

  10. 2 :  to apply oneself attend to your work

  11. 3 :  to apply the mind or pay attention :  heed attend to his advice

  12. 4a :  to be ready for service ministers who attend upon the kingb :  to be present How many people attended?

  13. 5 obsolete :  wait, stay



Examples of attend in a Sentence

  1. My husband and I will both attend the banquet.

  2. How many people attended the baseball game?

  3. He won't be attending the conference.

  4. How many people will be attending?

  5. She attends a school in the city.

  6. He'll be attending the university in the fall.

  7. I am the first child in my family to attend college.

  8. We attend the same church.

  9. Each nurse attends 15 patients.

  10. 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

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


verb at·tend \ə-ˈtend\

Definition of attend for Students




  1. 1 :  to go to or be present at attend school attend a party

  2. 2 :  to look after :  take charge of The hotel staff attended to my every need.

  3. 3 :  to direct attention attend to business

  4. 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. 5 :  to go with especially as a servant or companion Servants attended the king.

  6. 6 :  to care for Nurses attend the sick.

Medical Dictionary


transitive verb at·tend \ə-ˈtend\

Medical Definition of attend

  1. :  to visit with or care for in a professional capacity



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