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 With each event Nancy Pelosi attends where she's meant to make nice with Trump, shade follows. Elly Belle,, "Nancy Pelosi Ripping Trump’s SOTU Speech Had More Meaning Than You Think," 5 Feb. 2020 Talk show host Rush Limbaugh will attend President Trump’s State of the Union address tonight, Fox News is reporting. Leada Gore |, al, "Rush Limbaugh to attend State of the Union after cancer announcement; will receive Medal of Freedom," 5 Feb. 2020 The difference won’t affect where children attend school, but will make a difference for local school districts. cleveland, "Ohio House plan phases out EdChoice vouchers, creates new income-based Buckeye Opportunity Scholarship program," 5 Feb. 2020 Governor Gretchen Whitmer, of Michigan, will deliver the Democrats’ response to the State of the Union from East Lansing High School, where her daughters attend classes. The New Yorker, "Watch Live: Donald Trump Delivers the 2020 State of the Union Address," 5 Feb. 2020 Whitmer will be giving the speech from East Lansing High School, which her daughters attend — perhaps signaling her commitment to public schools. Tara Law, Time, "Gretchen Whitmer Is Giving the Democrats' State of the Union Response. Here's What to Know," 5 Feb. 2020 Gene’s commitment to the Guild lasted long after his presidency ended, regularly attending Board and Western Directors Council meetings, and never hesitating to share his thoughts. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "'M*A*S*H,' 'Lou Grant' co-creator Gene Reynolds dies at 96," 5 Feb. 2020 Many of the female Democratic lawmakers attending the speech were dressed in white, symbolizing the suffragist movement and women’s rights. Michael D. Shear, New York Times, "Trump Claims End of ‘American Decline’ While Avoiding Mention of Impeachment," 5 Feb. 2020 Among those attending Monday night's caucuses were some newcomers to Democratic politics. Author: Ryan J. Foley And Sarah Burnett, Anchorage Daily News, "Lines, some delays signal strong turnout at Iowa caucuses," 4 Feb. 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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8 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Attend.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 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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