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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Recent Examples on the Web

May 26 President Donald Trump golfed, attended a Sumo wrestling match and ate dinner with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a hibachi restaurant. Washington Post, "Trump to Face Off With Japan’s Abe on Trade After Golf and Sumo," 18 Sep. 2019 Heights Music Hop affected In response to another of Bennett’s critiques, Briley also apologized for not attending the Heights Music Hop for its third and final night in the Cedar-Lee district on Saturday night (Sept. 14). Thomas Jewell,, "Second microburst in 3 years ravages Cleveland Heights all over again," 17 Sep. 2019 Trump is attending fundraisers in California Tuesday in Beverly Hills and Palo Alto and Wednesday will met with donors at events in Los Angeles, and San Diego. NBC News, "Trump says homelessness hurting real estate prestige, will destroy cities," 17 Sep. 2019 Though the Dîner en Blanc concept started back in 1988, attending the global, chic and secret all-white affair has really taken off among Black socialites over the last few years. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "Dîner en Blanc In Long Island Was A Showcase Of Black Excellence," 17 Sep. 2019 During his first Citizenship Day speech on Sept. 17, 1952, President Truman warmly greeted the immigrants attending the annual meeting of the National Conference on Citizenship in Washington, D.C. S. Deborah Kang, Time, "The History of Citizenship Day Is a Reminder That Being an American Has Always Been Complicated," 17 Sep. 2019 An Andover native, Yastrzemski attended St. John's Prep in Danvers before going on to play at Vanderbilt. Alaa Abdeldaiem,, "Mike Yastrzemski Makes Fenway Park Debut With Grandfather in Attendance," 17 Sep. 2019 Kinard was hired during the summer to lead Houston Christian athletics, a key portion of student life as more than 60 percent of those attending play at least one sport. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Houston Christian High School Athletics Director Kinard at home in new surroundings," 16 Sep. 2019 Gerald Friendman was a busy man, but always made time for his family, going to his two sons’ baseball games and attending his daughter’s ballet recitals, Sidney Friedman said. Anna Kim,, "Former Northbrook mayor, civic leader Friedman dead at 94 following battle with cancer," 16 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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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)


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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