un·​at·​tend·​ed ˌən-ə-ˈten-dəd How to pronounce unattended (audio)
: 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 When left unattended for a few days, her Impreza Sport’s battery will drain — leaving her stranded at, say, the airport upon return from out of town. cleveland, 16 Sep. 2023 Two of them died from wounds to the head after finding loose firearms, loaded and unattended. Henri Hollis, ajc, 7 Sep. 2023 Each time, The Daily Wire booth was completely unattended. Amrita Khalid, The Verge, 28 Aug. 2023 Yarmouth police remind the public to lock unattended vehicles. Maeve Lawler, BostonGlobe.com, 17 July 2023 Security camera footage showed the owner leaving the ticket counter and then pushing the dog in the stroller toward the airport’s short-term parking lot and seen headed to an area where the dog was found unattended 40 minutes later, authorities told the AP. Saman Shafiq, USA TODAY, 26 Aug. 2023 Young children and pets should never be left unattended in vehicles. Haadiza Ogwude, The Enquirer, 25 Aug. 2023 Safety Tips: Young children and pets should not be left unattended in vehicles Drink plenty of water and stay away from all alcoholic drinks Spend time indoors. Alex Groth, Journal Sentinel, 24 Aug. 2023 Police also encouraged residents who are going away to arrange for trusted neighbors to pick up mail and keep a watchful eye on unattended homes. Collin Robisheaux, BostonGlobe.com, 13 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1603, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unattended was in 1603

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“Unattended.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unattended. Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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