attend

[ uh-tend ]
/ əˈtɛnd /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


Nearby words

  1. attelet,
  2. attemper,
  3. attempt,
  4. attempted,
  5. attenborough,
  6. attendance,
  7. attendance allowance,
  8. attendance centre,
  9. attendant,
  10. attendantly

Origin of attend

1250–1300; Middle English atenden < Anglo-French, Old French atendre < Latin attendere to bend to, notice. See at-, tend1

Related formsat·tend·er, nounat·tend·ing·ly, adverbwell-at·tend·ed, adjective

Synonym study

4. See accompany.

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British Dictionary definitions for attend

attend

/ (əˈtɛnd) /

verb

Derived Formsattender, noun

Word Origin for attend

C13: from Old French atendre, from Latin attendere to stretch towards, from tendere to extend

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Word Origin and History for attend

attend

v.

c.1300, "to direct one's mind or energies," from Old French atendre (12c., Modern French attendre) "to expect, wait for, pay attention," and directly from Latin attendere "give heed to," literally "to stretch toward," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + tendere "stretch" (see tenet). The notion is of "stretching" one's mind toward something. Sense of "take care of, wait upon" is from early 14c. Meaning "to pay attention" is early 15c.; that of "to be in attendance" is mid-15c. Related: Attended; attending.

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