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 Thanks to the Lenard Endowment, UConn students, non-UConn students and Connecticut youth (K-12) are invited to attend all Jorgensen chamber events for free, including the UConn Music Faculty Showcase on Nov 19. courant.com, "Community News For The Windham Edition," 13 Nov. 2020 Fox invited the group to attend a training in Wisconsin. Darcie Moran, USA TODAY, "Michigan AG details extremist plot to kidnap Gov. Whitmer, including plan to burn Capitol building," 13 Nov. 2020 Nkiacha Atemnkeng, a writer from Cameroon, is often invited to attend writer’s residencies in other countries. Carolyn Wells, Longreads, "Let Me In," 7 Nov. 2020 Jenn and Oscar were even invited to attend a virtual Mobile City Council meeting via Zoom. Michelle Matthews | Mmatthews@al.com, al, "How this Alabama city rallied behind Oscar the blind dog," 3 Nov. 2020 All high school students and their families are invited to attend. Post-tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Community news," 16 Oct. 2020 All areas residents are invited to attend the grand-opening of the new store, which will feature 36 general merchandise departments, including apparel, accessories, jewelry, lawn and garden center, electronics, health and beauty aids and a pharmacy. NOLA.com, "From the Files of The Farmer," 15 Oct. 2020 Certain select donors have been invited to attend the performances in person. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "Cleveland Orchestra plans return to live concerts Oct. 15 with new online streaming options," 11 Oct. 2020 Around two dozen Wisconsin entrepreneurs were invited to attend the virtual event. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Central Standard Craft Distillery is 1 of 5 Wisconsin companies to get a 'yes' from Walmart," 10 Oct. 2020

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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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Last Updated

20 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Attend.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/attend. Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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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

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attender noun

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