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
The Steelers are allowing a little more than 5,000 fans to attend their home games.Pennsylvania says all athletes must wear masks while playing. The Steelers say they’re exempt. | Matt Bonesteel | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
She struck a bargain with her parents that she would endure a debutante season of balls and be presented to the queen if they would allow her to attend university.‘The Woman Who Stole Vermeer’ revisits the strange tale of a British heiress who became a notorious art thief | Katharine Weber | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
So reports of cases among students and staff should not, in themselves, lead us to believe that attending school is a source of spread.Schools are not spreading covid-19. This new data explains why. | Emily Oster | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
In Northern Virginia, more people are attending social gatherings while not wearing masks.Virginia’s coronavirus numbers are rising. Here’s what you need to know. | Antonio Olivo | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
Among people who contracted the virus in the first half of October — when the rise in cases in the District was beginning — nearly one in four had attended a social gathering of at least five people, and one in five had eaten in a restaurant.D.C.’s coronavirus numbers are rising. Here’s what you need to know. | Julie Zauzmer | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
Smith attended both funerals as a cop and as the husband of Police Officer Moira Smith, who died on 9/11.
But how different would things have been 11 years later, when Scalise attended the Duke event?Steve Scalise and the Right’s Ridiculous Racial Blame Game | Michael Tomasky | January 2, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
The event saw well over 100,000 attendees last year making it one of the best-attended pride events in the country.
Correction: An earlier version of this article said John Lewis attended the event, not Elijah Cummings.Capitol Hill's Black Staffers Walk Out to Say ‘Hands Up, Don't Shoot!’ | Tim Mak | December 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I ask Alexander Gilkes, referring to Prince William and Kate Middleton, whose wedding he attended.William, Kate, and Jay Z’s Favorite Art Star: Alexander Gilkes' World of Rock Stars and Royalty | Tim Teeman | December 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Unfortunately for Punch's plans, it was decided that he should be sent to a day-school which Harry attended.Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II | Rudyard Kipling
Batterby, in gaudy raiment, went to an office in Manchester; in gaudier raiment he often attended race meetings.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol | William J. Locke
So he laid the letter aside until he had attended to all other business, and later opened and read it.The Homesteader | Oscar Micheaux
Bobby attended this institution of learning with his particular chum and the boys had no end of good times.Squinty the Comical Pig | Richard Barnum
Clearly his business abilities were great; his reforms were bold and drastic, and success attended his efforts.Fifty Years of Railway Life in England, Scotland and Ireland | Joseph Tatlow
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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