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[ uh-ten-duhnt ]


  1. a person who attends attend another, as to perform a service.

    Synonyms: servant, retainer, follower, comrade, companion, escort

  2. Chiefly British. an usher or clerk.
  3. a corollary or concomitant thing or quality.

    Synonyms: consequence, accompaniment

  4. a person who is present, as at a meeting.


  1. being present or in attendance; accompanying.
  2. consequent; concomitant; associated; related: poverty and its attendant hardships.

    winter holidays and attendant parties; war and its attendant evils;

    poverty and its attendant hardships.


/ əˈtɛndənt /


  1. a person who accompanies or waits upon another
  2. a person employed to assist, guide, or provide a service for others, esp for the general public

    a lavatory attendant

  3. a person who is present
  4. a logical consequence or natural accompaniment

    hatred is often an attendant of jealousy


  1. being in attendance
  2. associated; accompanying; related

    attendant problems

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Other Words From

  • at·tendant·ly adverb
  • super·at·tendant noun adjective
  • unat·tendant adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of attendant1

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Middle French, present participle of attendre “to notice, await”; attend, -ant

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Example Sentences

Everybody is friendlier, from the TSA agent to the flight attendant.

From Fortune

It would not be up to store clerks, flight attendants, and average residents to enforce the law.

Three-thousand people died, and hundreds of thousands were left homeless, after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and attendant fires.

About 1,600 pilots and 8,100 flight attendants will be included in the furloughs, according to a letter the airline sent to employees.

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The attendant draws the lid closed and you are cocooned in light.

“I ran for my life,” said Tenayo, who is a home attendant for an autistic resident, but wants to transfer because of the crime.

And despite the good scholarship the authors have managed to retain the buoyancy and upbeat air attendant on most comics.

We remember that time a flight attendant told us at a barbecue that if the bell tones four times, things are serious.

In 2009, the Court backed down from the broad rule for vehicle searches attendant to arrests.

When that proved an inefficient tactic, he punched a flight attendant.

The Minister pointed out to them the attendant difficulties, and referred them to the Prime Minister.

One morning Tom was awakened by his faithful attendant to resume his weary journey.

They laid out the work for the next morning, but did nothing practical toward erecting the wires and attendant parts that day.

The attendant stooped over the bed to ascertain, and nodded in the affirmative.

On this particular Sunday Tommy Splint, who was a regular attendant at the garden class, arrived late.


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