- 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 pay attention; listen or watch attentively; direct one's thought; pay heed: to attend to a speaker.
- 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.
Origin of attend
Related Words for attendvisit, serve, watch, note, follow, hear, observe, accompany, catch, haunt, appear, frequent, show, nurse, doctor, mind, tend, notice, regard, mark
Examples from the Web for attend
Contemporary Examples of attend
In 1995, Myerson made a point not to attend the 75th anniversary of the Miss America pageant.Why Was Bess Myerson the First and Last Jewish Miss America?
January 7, 2015
A few even noted that they attend Christmas mass with Christian friends.Why Muslims Love Jesus Too
December 23, 2014
Even before the shootings, New York policeman were telling the Mayor not to attend their funerals.GOP Won’t Forgive Rand for Cop Critique
December 23, 2014
Volunteers only need to “attend a 16-hour course” in order to participate.To Catch a Sex Worker: A&E’s Awful, Exploitative Ambush Show
December 19, 2014
Add to that the per diems paid for the 105 military commission personnel who attend the proceedings, which cost more than $16,000.Prosecutors Have No Idea When 9/11 Mastermind’s Trial Will Start
December 17, 2014
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.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
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.Stories from Thucydides
H. L. Havell
Say, Stilly, I'm off uptown to attend to the emptiness in this stone utensil.In the Midst of Alarms
- 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
Word Origin 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.