attend

verb
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

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

Swift and Alwyn attended nearly all the post-Golden Globes bashes in Los Angeles together. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Taylor Swift's Surprise Night Out at the 2019 Golden Globes: Everything We Know," 7 Jan. 2019 Pippa and James weren't present when the extended royal family attended church service on Christmas Day. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pippa Middleton Sports the Cutest White Bikini in St. Barts with Her Family," 3 Jan. 2019 Even though her brother-in-law Kanye West is currently in the middle of a messy feud with Drake, Kylie and boyfriend Travis Scott still attended the party in partially coordinating outfits. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Kylie Jenner’s New Year’s Eve Outfit Flaunted Major Boob," 2 Jan. 2019 The pair stepped out in public together in December, when the real estate tycoon, 34, and royal, 30, reportedly attended the Berggruen Prize Gala in New York City as a couple. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Who Is Princess Beatrice’s New Boyfriend, Edoardo Mozzi?," 29 Dec. 2018 There's usually at least one episode per season that pushes the conceptual boundaries in new and intriguing ways, such as Bojack attending an underwater film festival in season three. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "TV Technica 2018: Our favorite shows and binges," 24 Dec. 2018 Western military attaches posted to embassies and consulates in the Soviet Union often attended the parades and took pictures. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "How the CIA Watched Soviet Parades for New Military Tech," 19 Dec. 2018 Naiberg, 72, said his daughter, Denise Closs, and Jayme attended the party, and that his son-in-law, James Closs, was working and couldn't make it. Fox News, "Sheriff: Missing Wisconsin teenager in danger, not a runaway," 16 Oct. 2018 The little princess has been attending private lessons at a dance school in South London, People reports. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Charlotte Is Reportedly Taking Weekly Ballet Lessons," 19 Dec. 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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attend

verb

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)

attend

verb
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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