- 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
Examples from the Web for well-attended
At the IMF confab, one of the most well-attended sessions was a panel on restructuring sovereign debt.Panic Sets In With the Davos Crowd
October 14, 2013
There used to be a well-attended regatta at Talkintarn, in the Lake district.Boating
W. B. Woodgate
On Sunday evenings there is a well-attended voluntary service there.With our Fighting Men
William E. Sellers
Evensong at St. Frideswyde's was always a well-attended service.For the Faith
With Chartres it had a well-attended episcopal school, long before Paris.
It is very remarkable that there should be so soon several well-supported, well-attended, and well-conducted schools in Oregon.A History of Oregon, 1792-1849
William Henry Gray
- (of an event, meeting, etc) attended by a large or regular audience or group of participantsevening mass is well attended
- 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 and History for well-attended
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.