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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The fire is believed to have started in a kitchen and was caused by food that left was left unattended on the stove, officials said. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, "Two-alarm apartment fire displaces almost 30 people in Woodbridge, Va.," 26 June 2018 The estate of an 18-year-old who found his father's loaded handgun unattended on a living room desk and then used it to shoot himself has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the father and the father's employer, Lane County Parole and Probation. Maxine Bernstein, OregonLive.com, "Son of parole officer used father's loaded gun to kill himself, lawsuit says," 28 Mar. 2018 But the cub isn't out of the woods yet – her 7-year-old mother quickly began exhibiting neglectful behavior, according to the news release, including leaving her unattended toward the outside of her den. Kellen Browning, sacbee, "Newborn red panda cub at Sacramento Zoo fighting to survive," 28 June 2018 Koshetz said her agency reviewed video of the Thursday backup and learned of two anomalies contributing to the delay of passengers waiting to be screened: a passenger without proper identification and an unattended bag. Kevin Spear, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orlando airport's security waits are better, officials say, but there can still be long lines," 25 May 2018 She was cited for unattended animal in a vehicle and released. Brian Lisik/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Woman cited for leaving dog unattended in car: Brunswick Police Blotter," 7 May 2018 Don’t leave candles unattended or within a foot of anything flammable. Kimberly Truong, SELF, "House Fires Are Way More Common in Winter—Here’s How to Stay Safe," 23 Jan. 2019 The driver responsible for leaving an unattended rental car near a terminal at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport on Sunday morning – and throwing Terminal 4 into chaos as a result – is getting off with just a ticket and a towing fee. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "Bomb scare at Phoenix airport caused by unattended car; driver only getting $52 parking ticket," 18 Sep. 2018 Bhoodram Parsaram, 52, of Wellington, has been accused of leaving residents overnight unattended and restrained at BP Assisted Living Facility at 1174 Wynnewood Drive. Scott Travis, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Assisted living home owner arrested on elder abuse charges," 20 Apr. 2018

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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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