to be present at: to attend a lecture; to attend church.
to go with as a concomitant or result; accompany: Fever may attend a cold. Success attended her hard work.
to take care of; minister to; devote one's services to: The nurse attended the patient daily.
to wait upon; accompany as a companion or servant: The retainers attended their lord.
to take charge of; watch over; look after; tend; guard: to attend one's health.
to listen to; give heed to.
Archaic. to wait for; expect.
to take care or charge: to attend to a sick person.
to apply oneself: to attend to one's work.
to be present: She is a member but does not attend regularly.
to be present and ready to give service; wait (usually followed by on or upon): to attend upon the Queen.
to follow; be consequent (usually followed by on or upon).
Obsolete. to wait.
- at·tend·er, noun
- at·tend·ing·ly, adverb
- well-at·tend·ed, adjective
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How to use attend in a sentence
Priests attend upon the goddess, and female dancers display their talent before her, accompanied by the loud music of the tam-tam.A Woman's Journey Round the World | Ida Pfeiffer
She did not indulge in any tears, because the weeping she longed for would make her less able to attend upon him.Ruth | Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
In Greek mythology the ocean furies attend upon fickle Poseidon.Myths of Babylonia and Assyria | Donald A. Mackenzie
The dignified Arab who gave it to him did not condescend upon any reply, but turned to attend upon his other customers.The Middy and the Moors | R.M. Ballantyne
You know that I was summoned to attend upon Mr. Randolph Maxwell, the first cousin of your mother.Bentley's Miscellany, Volume II | Various
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 follow: a 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 oneself: to 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
- attender, noun
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