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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Surprisingly, George and Amal were absent from Monday's Met Gala, one of the biggest nights in fashion attended by Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian West, Gwyneth Paltrow and many more. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Amal Clooney Gives Old Hollywood Glamour Better Than A Movie Star," 10 May 2019 The party was attended by 800 people, including Nicholas Berggruen, Beth Rudin DeWoody, and Heidi Klum. Marshall Heyman, Town & Country, "Michael Chow's Totally Over-the-Top Wedding Was L.A.'s Hottest Event," 27 Apr. 2019 Trump’s inauguration, which raised a record $100 million, was attended by an unusually large number of prominent foreign business leaders, particularly Russian moguls, but foreigners are barred from contributing to the event. Spencer S. Hsu, The Seattle Times, "Political consultant Patten sentenced to probation after steering Ukrainian money to Trump inaugural," 12 Apr. 2019 Plus, the church also has connections to Hillsong, which is regularly attended by the Kardashian family. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "Who is Kourtney Kardashian’s Rumored BF David Dee Duron?," 11 Feb. 2019 The inaugural Designart took place last year, featured 72 exhibitions, and was attended by 40,000 visitors, say organizers. Sarah Hucal, Curbed, "Designart Tokyo, in second-annual event, shows promise," 27 Nov. 2018 It was also attended by dancers, musical troupes, and several dozen uniformed rank-and-file employees. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Flight Might Be the Best New Way to Visit Africa," 8 Nov. 2018 These conferences have been attended by major tech company executives, including Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Apple CEO Tim Cook. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "China is making the internet less free, and US tech companies are helping," 2 Nov. 2018 Keep in mind that hundreds of reporters, thousands of spectators, and many celebrities attended the trial of Charles Lindbergh Jr.’s kidnapper and murderer. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "The Time of True Crime," 26 Apr. 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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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

Other Words from attend

attender noun

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