without attendance; lacking an audience, spectators, etc.: The decision was made out of the public eye, in an unattended meeting.
not accompanied; not associated with, as a concomitant effect or result: a flash of lightning unattended by thunder.
not cared for or ministered to: unattended patients;an unattended injury.
not taken in charge; not watched over: Many forest fires start from unattended campfires.Careful, or your unattended baggage may be picked up by airport security.
not accompanied, as by an attendant or companion; alone: The queen was unattended.
unheeded; not listened to; disregarded: A number of unattended warning signals preceded the explosion.
not tended to; not done or carried out, as a task (usually followed by to): He left his studies unattended to.
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How to use unattended in a sentence
It’s also reiterating a recommendation from last week against parking indoors and leaving the car’s to charge overnight unattended.
The bike cover includes a front lock-hole design, providing additional security for the bike when it’s unattended.Best bike storage: Wall mounts, bike hooks, and more bike storage ideas | empire | July 20, 2021 | Popular-Science
Sumita Datta, an assistant professor of economics, had been admitted to the hospital with covid but was left unattended for around 14 hours.What went so wrong with covid in India? Everything. | Sonia Faleiro | July 5, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
Food scraps at barbecuesTrouble can arise at food-related gatherings, when dogs swipe at unattended plates or break into the garbage.Cicadas, plants and too much sun: How to keep your pet safe from summer hazards | Angela Haupt | June 3, 2021 | Washington Post
Pets cannot be left in vehicles or tied up unattended—a precaution that could save them from extreme heat.
The sweep team was leading the way when it came upon an unattended red car parked along the route.
In the opening scene, a 10-year old Steven notices an unattended backpack in a train station.In a New Novel, Apathetic Teenagers Usher in the Apocalypse | Elliot Ackerman | June 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But McKenna was not going to leave Glover sprawled unattended in the street.Why Was My Son Killed in Fallujah—and His Murderer Set Free? | Michael Daly | January 12, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In the script, the cheetahs drift from their owner and roam suburban Mexico unattended.The Best Scenes From Cormac McCarthy’s ‘The Counselor’ Screenplay | Thomas Flynn | October 27, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
It collects a growing quantity of intelligence, much of which goes forgotten and unattended.Manning Is Guilty and So Is the Army That Sent Him Overseas | Brian Van Reet | August 22, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
This saves the embarrassment of crossing the room entirely unattended, while it shows others that you are a resident at the house.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness | Florence Hartley
Miss Hedworth had come to her dwelling unattended and under a false name.The Two Admirals | J. Fenimore Cooper
You must carry your own bag when you stumble unattended from the train.American Sketches | Charles Whibley
The daughter of Arbaces does not travel unattended so much as a bowshot from the city walls?Sarchedon | G. J. (George John) Whyte-Melville
The world will easily conclude, whether such unattended generals can ever be capable of making a revolution in Parnassus.Dryden's Works (13 of 18): Translations; Pastorals | John Dryden
British Dictionary definitions for unattended
not looked after or cared for
unaccompanied or alone
not listened to
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