un·​at·​tend·​ed | \ ˌən-ə-ˈten-dəd How to pronounce unattended (audio) \

Definition of unattended

: not attended : not watched or looked after : lacking a guard, escort, caretaker, etc. an unattended parking lot a fire left unattended unattended children unattended luggage

Examples of unattended in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On Tuesday, another unidentified person snuck onto the property as a Costco truck was making a delivery and stole an unattended iPhone from a temple gardener. Los Angeles Times, "Fire, vandalism rock Buddhist temple in Little Tokyo," 26 Feb. 2021 However, back in Kingston, Studio 17’s thousands of original recordings and sessions tapes were left unattended for years. Cori Murray, Essence, "Watch: Reggae's Glory Days Are Revisited In Must-See Documentary," 7 Feb. 2021 Other graves remained unattended, with the victims’ entire families killed or still missing. New York Times, "Years After a Massacre, Yazidis Finally Bury Their Loved Ones," 7 Feb. 2021 In addition, good Samaritans will not be held responsible for damaging vehicles in order to remove unattended children age 6 or younger. Winston Gieseke, USA TODAY, "In California: More contagious COVID-19 variant arrives, and 'most' Hollywood productions on hold," 31 Dec. 2020 Another unattended gun was found by a janitor cleaning police headquarters in April. Anchorage Daily News, "With big budget but little accountability, siege raises questions for long-troubled Capitol Police," 12 Jan. 2021 But her eyes fell on a group chat on her colleague's unattended phone, detailing plans to administer coronavirus vaccines this month to her Chinese co-workers. Washington Post, "A black market for illegal coronavirus vaccines is thriving in the Philippines," 16 Jan. 2021 Marshall County Assistant Chief Deputy Steve Guthrie said Pruitt called to report an unattended death in the county. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "Man reports unattended death, arrested for child sexual abuse," 23 Dec. 2020 For them, the isolation and disruption have been additional traumas that may add to a pile of unattended pain. Kate Santich, orlandosentinel.com, "In Central Florida, COVID-19 pandemic takes heavy toll on mental health | Part 5 of Special Series," 23 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of unattended

1603, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unattended was in 1603

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4 Mar 2021

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“Unattended.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unattended. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unattended

: not cared for or watched

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