adjective Archaic.

attentive; intent.

Origin of attent

1275–1325; Middle English < Latin attentus attentive (past participle of attendere), equivalent to atten(d)- (see attend) + -tus past participle suffix
Related formsat·tent·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for attent

Historical Examples of attent

  • I wish these may please you, I shall be gratified if they do, pray write me, I will attent to all your Commands.

    Ten American Girls From History

    Kate Dickinson Sweetser

  • Our attent ion is then drawn to a large design representing the Terrestrial Paradise.

  • While her body was sleeping in this sweet hallucination of the senses, her mind was attent with a marvellous activity.

  • Thus lord Aeneas with all attent retold alone the divine doom and the history of his goings.

  • And as thou walkest the street, keep thine eyes and thine ears open and attent, and learn ever what men say and think.

    The Lost Treasure of Trevlyn

    Evelyn Everett-Green

Word Origin and History for attent

late 15c., "attentive," from Latin attentus, past participle of attendere (see attend). As a noun, "intention, aim" (early 13c.), from Old French atente "act of attending," from fem. of Latin attentus.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper