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 toI'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 Miss Manners cannot imagine where the idea came from that those who attend must also bring or send cards. Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Friendships ebb and flow," 31 Mar. 2020 Trump largely won the support of conservatives, white men, and whites without a college degree, as well as white evangelical Christians and those who regularly attend religious services. Savannah Behrmann, USA TODAY, "Biden leads Trump by nine points in latest Fox News poll," 28 Mar. 2020 Three officers who attended have tested positive for COVID-19 and 30 to 40 were quarantined, said Assistant Chief David LeValley, who himself was quarantined after giving a speech at the event. Gina Kaufman, Detroit Free Press, "How the coronavirus spread through the Detroit Police Department," 28 Mar. 2020 Courtland Harvell has two sons, ages 9 and 11, who also attend Birmingham City School. Carol Robinson |, al, "‘Mother and a teacher’: Birmingham parents balance coronavirus schools shutdown, work," 27 Mar. 2020 Despite the film focusing on campers who attended Jened in the early 1970s, the camp actually opened at the foot of Hunter Mountain in upstate New York in 1951. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The Full Story of Why Camp Jened From Netflix's 'Crip Camp' Documentary Closed Down," 27 Mar. 2020 Meanwhile, those who would have attended have moved on to bigger worries. Steven Levy, Wired, "During a Pandemic, the Big Event Is No Events," 27 Mar. 2020 At least three others who attended the gala — philanthropist Christy Brown, Louisville first lady Alexandra Gerassimides and Kentucky Author Forum leader Mary Moss Greenebaum — eventually tested positive for COVID-19. Phillip M. Bailey, The Courier-Journal, "Sen. Rand Paul asks President Trump to give Kentucky some helping fighting COVID-19," 26 Mar. 2020 Currently, a company can contribute up to $5,250 tax-free each year for tuition assistance, helping workers who are attending classes while on the job. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Trump's political enemies run ads attacking handling of COVID-19," 25 Mar. 2020

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

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4 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Attend.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Apr. 2020.

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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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