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 The crime alert also said thieves are on the prowl for packages delivered to the front porches of homes, then left unattended. Brian L. Cox, chicagotribune.com, "Holidays bring package thefts, stolen purses, Wilmette police say," 25 Nov. 2019 Their real joy though, may be in waiting for someone to drop food on the floor or for that magic moment when a plate is left unattended. Cathy M. Rosenthal, ExpressNews.com, "Thanksgiving: Hell for cats but dogs’ temptation bounty," 22 Nov. 2019 The Organic Pharmacy's offering even comes with an extra-long handle so that the most hard-to-reach spots, like your back, don't go unattended. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "How Dry Brushing Can Transform Your Body in Five Minutes or Less," 6 Aug. 2018 Ernest Hemingway, however, was not ever one to let a lady go unattended. Dana Snitzky, Longreads, "Hemingway’s Last Girl," 12 July 2018 Passive fishing gear such as trotlines, juglines, throwlines and minnow and perch traps, wreak havoc on fisheries when left unattended. Matt Wyatt, Houston Chronicle, "Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission approves regulations for passive fishing gear," 7 Nov. 2019 Experts say commercial keys purchased online let fraudsters access pumps that are often left unattended. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "'Goblins at the gas pump': Kentucky officials urge drivers to beware credit card skimmers," 30 Oct. 2019 Power and hand tools left unattended were stolen from the 200 block of Kedzie St. Oct. 24. Brian L. Cox, chicagotribune.com, "Blotter: Volvo parked on Evanston street reported stolen," 28 Oct. 2019 Now fully stalled, the airplane enters into a precipitous, low-airspeed descent — a condition referred to as mushing that if left unattended will lead to a catastrophic impact with the ground. New York Times, "What Really Brought Down the Boeing 737 Max?," 18 Sep. 2019

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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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3 Dec 2019

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“Unattended.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unattended. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of unattended

: not cared for or watched

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easily led, controlled, or managed

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