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 Chicago Animal Care and Control urged residents to not leave pets unattended outside and to secure their garbage. CBS News, "Coyote caught in Chicago, second on the loose after attacks," 10 Jan. 2020 Chicago Animal Care and Control urged residents to not leave pets unattended outside and to sec ure their garbage. Time, "Chicago on the Hunt for Coyotes After a 5-Year-Old Was Attacked in a Popular Park," 10 Jan. 2020 Three patients at the hospital died when physicians and medical staff left them unattended for several hours to flee and escape the mob, officials said. BostonGlobe.com, "LAHORE, Pakistan — Pakistan on Thursday leveled “treason” charges against 250 lawyers who were part of a mob that stormed a hospital in the eastern city of Lahore the previous day, kicking and punching doctors and staff and trashing equipment and property, police said.," 13 Dec. 2019 Distracted by a person who may or may not have been a customer, a convenience store clerk left the business unattended briefly Sunday evening while a robber grabbed multiple cartons of cigarettes, police said. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, "Robber loads up on cigarettes at East Hartford store," 2 Dec. 2019 Someone stole an unattended Galaxy 9 cellphone valued at $700 from a patron at the West Cook YMCA, 255 S. Marion St., between 11:10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Dec. 4. chicagotribune.com, "Oak Park police: Teens place ‘hard object’ into pedestrian’s back, steal her purse and keys," 8 Dec. 2019 Carrillo said the fire appears to have started from unattended cooking in the kitchen. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "Woman killed in late-night Birmingham house fire," 5 Dec. 2019 Police officers found an 8-year-old boy and a 2-year-old girl left unattended inside of a vehicle for an extended period. Ria Manglapus And Lisa M. Bolton, Washington Post, "Prince William crime report," 6 Nov. 2019 While most hot car deaths happen because an adult forgot about a child, deaths also occurred when children got into unattended vehicles and when children were knowingly left in hot cars, according to the NHTSA. Mike Cruz, azcentral, "17 children have died in hot cars nationwide in 2019; 2 were from Arizona," 2 July 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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15 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Unattended.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unattended. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unattended

: not cared for or watched

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showing steady, earnest care and effort

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