Attend At*tend", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Attended}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Attending}.] [OE. atenden, OF. atendre, F. attendre, to expect, to wait, fr. L. attendre to stretch, (sc. animum), to apply the mind to; ad + tendere to stretch. See {Tend}.] 1. To direct the attention to; to fix the mind upon; to give heed to; to regard. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

The diligent pilot in a dangerous tempest doth not attend the unskillful words of the passenger. --Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster]

2. To care for; to look after; to take charge of; to watch over. [1913 Webster]

3. To go or stay with, as a companion, nurse, or servant; to visit professionally, as a physician; to accompany or follow in order to do service; to escort; to wait on; to serve. [1913 Webster]

The fifth had charge sick persons to attend. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

Attends the emperor in his royal court. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

With a sore heart and a gloomy brow, he prepared to attend William thither. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

4. To be present with; to accompany; to be united or consequent to; as, a measure attended with ill effects. [1913 Webster]

What cares must then attend the toiling swain. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

5. To be present at; as, to attend church, school, a concert, a business meeting. [1913 Webster]

6. To wait for; to await; to remain, abide, or be in store for. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

The state that attends all men after this. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

Three days I promised to attend my doom. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To {Attend}, {Mind}, {Regard}, {Heed}, {Notice}.

Usage: Attend is generic, the rest are specific terms. To mind is to attend so that it may not be forgotten; to regard is to look on a thing as of importance; to heed is to attend to a thing from a principle of caution; to notice is to think on that which strikes the senses. --Crabb. See {Accompany}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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