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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Prince William and Kate Middleton's eldest children, ​​Prince George, 9, and Princess Charlotte, 7, took part in the procession behind the Queen's coffin, but their youngest, Prince Louis, 4, did not attend the ceremony. Maria Pasquini, Peoplemag, 19 Sep. 2022 That’s important to the district as officials try to increase the numbers of families who choose to attend their neighborhood schools rather than head to other district schools or leave the district altogether. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Sep. 2022 Currently, journalists are not allowed to attend services or take photographs inside the church’s temples. MarÍa Teresa HernÁndez, Chron, 18 Sep. 2022 Invitations to the Ketchikan forum only went to the top three finishers, and Pierce didn’t attend. Sean Maguire, Anchorage Daily News, 18 Sep. 2022 While Kate did not attend the vigil at Westminster Hall today, in which the Queen's eight grandchildren stood watch around the late monarch's coffin, she is expected to be present at the state funeral on Monday. Emily Burack, Town & Country, 17 Sep. 2022 Queen Elizabeth II had personally met many of those who will attend her funeral. Mary Jordan, Washington Post, 17 Sep. 2022 On June 15, Hickey filed an an ethics complaint against Sen. Mark Johnson, R-Ferndale, for Johnson signing in Clark's name on the sign-in sheet for reimbursement at the Senate Boys State committee meeting June 3 that Clark didn't attend. Michael R. Wickline, Arkansas Online, 17 Sep. 2022 Some of the most prominent figures from the rivalry — Tom Osborne, Barry Switzer, Johnny Rodgers, Joe Washington, Jeff Kinney and Brian Bosworth among them — are expected to get together to relive memories and attend the game. Mark Heim |, al, 17 Sep. 2022 See More

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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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22 Sep 2022

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“Attend.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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More Definitions for attend


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.


transitive verb
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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