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 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 In recent weeks, observers have been prevented from attending hearings at the El Paso courthouse due to lack of space. Los Angeles Times, "Tent courts open as latest hurdle for migrants seeking asylum in the U.S.," 16 Sep. 2019 Last October, Trump offered Kavanaugh and his family an unusual apology after attending his ceremonial swearing-in. NBC News, "Trump defends Brett Kavanaugh after sexual misconduct allegations resurface," 15 Sep. 2019 Recently the police have prevented, sometimes for hours, first-aid providers from attending to those the police have injured. George F. Will, The Denver Post, "Will: Hong Kong is a “hair’s breadth from destruction”," 15 Sep. 2019 In early 2008, during the tight Democratic presidential battle, the DNC stripped the Florida and Michigan state parties of all their delegates – 210 in Florida, and 156 in Michigan – and barred those delegates from attending the national convention. John Sharp | Jsharp@al.com, al, "Is the 2020 Democratic presidential primary in Alabama in jeopardy?," 15 Sep. 2019 Others have gone on to become professional dancers, start a company or to support dance by attending performances. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fall arts 2019 | Dance: In dance, Patricia Sandback learns about humor and humility," 15 Sep. 2019 Recently the police have prevented, sometimes for hours, first-aid providers from attending to those the police have injured. George Will, Twin Cities, "George Will: Hong Kong is a ‘hair’s breadth from destruction’," 15 Sep. 2019 Recently the police have prevented, sometimes for hours, first-aid providers from attending to those the police have injured. George Will, National Review, "The Protest Leader Fighting for Hong Kong," 15 Sep. 2019 Recently the police have prevented, sometimes for hours, first-aid providers from attending to those the police have injured. George Will, The Mercury News, "Will: Hong Kong is a ‘hair’s breadth from destruction’," 14 Sep. 2019

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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 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Attend.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/attended. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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attend

verb
How to pronounce attend (audio)

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

Other Words from attend

attender noun

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