attend

verb
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 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 Uber riders can now attend brunch with their friends, pick up their dry cleaning, go to the bank, and head back home all in one trip on the ride-hailing service. Fortune, "Uber lets you book rides by the hour so you can run errands," 28 Apr. 2021 Chief Justice John Roberts will represent the entire Supreme Court and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley will attend in place of Biden's full team of military advisers. Benjamin Siegel, ABC News, "Congress prepares for 'strange' and 'extraordinary' presidential address," 28 Apr. 2021 Currently, two attend Benson High School; one is a senior and one is a sophomore. oregonlive, "Gary Hollands’ full response to The Oregonian/OregonLive’s Portland school board candidate questionnaire," 28 Apr. 2021 Chief Justice John Roberts will attend on behalf of the Supreme Court, a court spokesperson told CNN. Kate Sullivan, CNN, "How to watch President Biden's first address to Congress," 28 Apr. 2021 The White House had previously announced that Biden would attend a drive-in rally in Atlanta on Thursday to mark his 100th day in office, which comes a day after his first address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday evening. Zeke Miller, USA TODAY, "President Biden, first lady to visit former President Jimmy Carter in Georgia this week," 27 Apr. 2021 The White House had previously announced that Biden would attend a drive-in rally in Atlanta on Thursday to mark his 100th day in office, which comes a day after his first address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday evening. BostonGlobe.com, "To lead ICE, Biden picks Texas sheriff who criticized Trump’s immigration policies," 27 Apr. 2021 Alabama had three players attend the last in-person draft held in Nashville in 2019. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "Five Alabama players attending NFL draft," 23 Apr. 2021 One Saturday at the end of February, Logar hosted the first of what will be quarterly online picnics, his masked face appearing in front of a library modeled as a castle keep, part of the school his children attend in Musanze. Washington Post, "In East Africa, mountain gorillas and a new paradigm for wildlife travel," 23 Apr. 2021

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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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1 May 2021

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“Attend.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/attend. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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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 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

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