verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for attend

Contemporary Examples of attend

Historical Examples of attend

  • "I'll attend to these things, ma," said Percival, rather suddenly.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • As for the boys, not one of them promised to attend; but neither did they refuse.

  • Messenio announces an auction and invites the spectators to attend.

    The Dramatic Values in Plautus

    Wilton Wallace Blancke

  • Now every man to his station; be prompt, and be silent, and attend to the word of command.

  • Say, Stilly, I'm off uptown to attend to the emptiness in this stone utensil.

British Dictionary definitions for attend



to be present at (an event, meeting, etc)
(when intr, foll by to) to give care; minister
(when intr, foll by to) to pay attention; listen
(tr; often passive) to accompany or followa high temperature attended by a severe cough
(intr; foll by on or upon) to follow as a consequence (of)
(intr foll by to) to devote one's time; apply oneselfto attend to the garden
(tr) to escort or accompany
(intr; foll by on or upon) to wait (on); serve; provide for the needs (of)to attend on a guest
(tr) archaic to wait for; expect
(intr) obsolete to delay
Derived Formsattender, noun

Word Origin for attend

C13: from Old French atendre, from Latin attendere to stretch towards, from tendere to extend
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for attend

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper