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 The victim, Jurnee, is planning to attend Pre-K at Hayes K-8 School. Carol Robinson |, al, "Man indicted in fatal shooting of Birmingham’s 4-year-old Jurnee Coleman," 18 Mar. 2020 Roscosmos is barring domestic media from traveling to attend the launch and NASA expects a smaller crowd than usual, allowing agency personnel to opt out of travel to the cosmodrome. William Harwood, CBS News, "Astronauts already in "quarantine bubble" as NASA adapts to coronavirus," 18 Mar. 2020 Reporters will be allowed to attend as space permits. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Live coronavirus updates: 40 cases confirmed in Milwaukee County, including 13 in city, 27 in suburbs," 17 Mar. 2020 In the grand scheme of things, of course, the lack of live sporting events to attend or watch on TV is the least of society’s concerns at the moment. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "Which Science Is Best? Vote Now!," 17 Mar. 2020 Defense Department officials said that one possibility for the Comfort would be to station in New York Harbor and absorb non-coronavirus patients in New York, which could free up hospital beds in Manhattan to attend to infectious cases. Eric Lipton, New York Times, "Trump Slowly Enlisting More Agencies in ‘Whole of Government’ Response to Virus," 17 Mar. 2020 This weekend, nearly every diocese in the United States either canceled public masses or granted a dispensation to Catholics too old or too sick to attend Sunday mass. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, "'The Church is not canceled': Priests scramble to reach faithful during pandemic," 17 Mar. 2020 Sissi became the first Egyptian president to attend a Christmas Eve Mass in January 2015. Ramazan Kılınç, The Conversation, "Mubarak’s lasting legacy on Egypt’s Coptic Christians," 17 Mar. 2020 In most places right now, social distancing is suggested or recommended — Trump administration officials, for example, urged people across the country not to attend gatherings of more than 10 people. Nicholas Florko, STAT, "Explaining a mass quarantine: What does it mean to ‘shelter in place’? And who has the power to call for it?," 17 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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21 Mar 2020

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“Attend.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 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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