attend

verb

at·​tend ə-ˈtend How to pronounce attend (audio)
attended; attending; attends

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
4
a
: 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
4
a
: to be ready for service
ministers who attend upon the king
b
: to be present
How many people attended?
5
obsolete : wait, stay
attender noun

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Trump began signing three checks per year for each of Weisselberg's two grandchildren to attend Columbia Grammar School at a total annual cost of about $100,000, Weisselberg said. Aaron Katersky, ABC News, 17 Nov. 2022 More recently, the Bloomberg administration sought to retain more White and more affluent students in the public schools by creating more seats for gifted and talented students and allowing parents more choice in where their children attend school. Laura Meckler, Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2022 But many of these efforts are small-scale, or built on the notion that absences mostly reflect families’ motivation to attend school, rather than social barriers that research shows are the drivers of absenteeism. Koby Levin And Ethan Bakuli, Detroit Free Press, 14 Nov. 2022 Families are attempting to determine where their kids will attend school the following year. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Nov. 2022 According to the brand’s website, Mooney is originally from Indianapolis but moved to Huntsville in 2018 to attend graduate school. Tandra Smith | Tsmith@al.com, al, 5 Nov. 2022 Meredith Grey is allegedly moving to Boston so that Zola can attend a smarty-pants school for gifted children. Lincee Ray, EW.com, 4 Nov. 2022 The second applicant, whose family has also been in the state for generations, is a descendent of slaves and would like to attend the school to honor their family legacy. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, 31 Oct. 2022 Jensen also challenged Walz to pledge to never mandate COVID-19 vaccinations as a condition for children to attend school. Steve Karnowski, USA TODAY, 30 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English, from Anglo-French atendre, from Latin attendere, literally, to stretch to, from ad- + tendere to stretch — more at thin

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2

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

Dictionary Entries Near attend

Cite this Entry

“Attend.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/attend. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

attend

verb

at·​tend ə-ˈtend How to pronounce attend (audio)
1
a
: to pay attention to
attend my words
b
: to give one's attention
attend to business
2
: to go or stay with especially as a companion or servant
attend the sick
3
: to be present with
a cold attended by fever
4
: to go to or be present at especially to take part or observe
attend a party
attend school
5
: to take charge of : look after
a doorman attending the entrance

Medical Definition

attend

transitive verb

at·​tend ə-ˈtend How to pronounce attend (audio)
: to visit with or care for in a professional capacity
attender noun

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