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

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Burn the brush in a small fire pit where the flames can be contained, and don’t leave the fire unattended. Henry Robertson, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Brush Clearing Tips and Equipment," 19 Apr. 2019 Michael Diehl, 25, of the 200 block of Symington Avenue in Catonsville, was arrested Sunday in a case in which he was charged with failing to stop after an unattended damage accident. Erika Butler, The Aegis, "Police blotter," 28 June 2018 Investigators said they were called to the golf course around 10:20 a.m. Monday after golfers found an unattended golf bag on the course. Lucia I. Suarez Sang, Fox News, "Decorated college golfer found dead on course, man arrested for murder," 18 Sep. 2018 An unattended bag with a Samsung cellphone, valued at $800, reportedly was stolen June 27 from Heritage Park, 506 W. Victoria Lane. Elizabeth Owens-schiele, chicagotribune.com, "Arlington Heights police: Handgun reported stolen from unlocked truck in village," 6 July 2018 Part of Terminal C at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) in Houston, Texas, was evacuated after a bomb dog detected an unattended bag, Houston police said Wednesday. Peter Martinez, CBS News, "Unattended bag prompts bomb squad response at Houston airport, police say," 8 Mar. 2018 Each state has its own patchwork of laws about the ages kids are allowed to be left unattended. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About the Free-Range Parenting Method," 14 Mar. 2019 Someone stole an unattended phone and wallet valued at $435 from the West Cook YMCA, 255 S. Marion St., between 11 a.m. and 12:40 p.m. July 3. Staff Report, chicagotribune.com, "Police reports: Car passenger points gun at pedestrian in Oak Park," 6 July 2018 Theft, Southington Road: At 5:05 p.m. April 19, an employee of the Positive Education Program, 14201 Southington Road, reported that someone had stolen their unattended cell phone. Jeff Piorkowski/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Thief uses key to steal car: Shaker Heights Police Blotter," 20 Apr. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of unattended

: not cared for or watched

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