verb at·tend \ ə-ˈtend \
|Updated on: 9 Aug 2018

Definition of attend

attended; attending; attends
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
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



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.

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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 Synonyms


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


ignore, tune out;

Near Antonyms

discount, disregard;


prick up one's ears;

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

attended; attending
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.

Medical Dictionary


transitive verb at·tend \ ə-ˈtend \

medical Definition of attend

: to visit with or care for in a professional capacity



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