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

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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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While Princess Charlotte and Prince George have attended the event in previous years, Louis was less than two months old when 2018's Trooping the Colour took place. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Louis and Princess Charlotte Watch Trooping the Colour from a Buckingham Palace Window," 8 June 2019 Such is the case with Warriors minority owner Mark Stevens, whose Game 3 confrontation with Toronto’s Kyle Lowry cost him $500,000 and a one-year suspension from attending games. Bruce Jenkins,, "Size is bothering Warriors in NBA Finals against Raptors. That’s a first," 8 June 2019 And women who were not members of a playwriting household might have learned how to write for the players simply by attending their performances. Phyllis Rackin, The Atlantic, "The Hidden Women Writers of the Elizabethan Theater," 8 June 2019 The former defender - who also played for Portsmouth - was rushed to hospital on Monday following a cardiac arrest, mere days after attending the Champions League final in Madrid between his old side Spurs and eventual-winners Liverpool., "Leyton Orient Manager & Former Tottenham Defender Justin Edinburgh Passes Away Aged 49," 8 June 2019 In 2008, while attending Ball State University, he was invited to perform at the University of Illinois. Kathleen Christiansen,, "Get tricky on National Yo-Yo Day," 6 June 2019 The pair remained teammates while attending the University of Florida, where both were named first-team All-Americans. Rob Tornoe,, "Weird feud between 2 former Eagles players ends in court deal," 5 June 2019 There have been hundreds, many of whom found Tin House while attending Lewis & Clark or Reed colleges., "Tin House magazine ends a 20-year run that helped make Portland’s literary reputation," 4 June 2019 Randall Park and Ali Wong met in the late 1990s at a fried rice cooking competition hosted by a mutual friend from the LCC Theatre Company, an Asian-American performance group Park co-founded while attending UCLA. Sonia Rao, Twin Cities, "‘Always Be My Maybe’ is the romantic comedy Randall Park and Ali Wong always wanted to make," 3 June 2019

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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 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

Other Words from attend

attender noun

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