verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French atendre, from Latin attendere, literally, to stretch to, from ad- + tendere to stretch — more at thin Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to pay attention to 2. to look after ; take charge of <
campsites…attended by park rangers — Jackson Rivers
3. a. to go or stay with as a companion, nurse, or servant b. to visit professionally especially as a physician 4. archaic a. to wait for b. to be in store for 5. to be present with ; accompany 6. to be present at ; go to <
attend law school
intransitive verb 1. to apply oneself <
attend to your work
2. to apply the mind or pay attention ; heed 3. a. to be ready for service <
ministers who attend upon the king
b. to be present 4. obsolete wait, stay 5. to direct one's attention ; see <
I'll attend to that
attender noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • 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 Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Attend — At*tend , v. i. 1. To apply the mind, or pay attention, with a view to perceive, understand, or comply; to pay regard; to heed; to listen; usually followed by to. [1913 Webster] Attend to the voice of my supplications. Ps. lxxxvi. 6. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • attend — [v1] be present at appear, be a guest, be at, be present, be there, bob up*, catch, check in, clock in*, come to light*, drop in, frequent, go to, haunt, make an appearance, make it*, make the scene*, pop up*, punch in*, punch the clock*, ring… …   New thesaurus

  • attend — at‧tend [əˈtend] verb [intransitive, transitive] to go to an event such as a meeting: • The two men both attended a 90 minute board meeting yesterday. • a conference attended by 200 people * * * attend UK US /əˈtend/ verb [I or T] ► MEETINGS to… …   Financial and business terms

  • attend — ► VERB 1) be present at. 2) go regularly to (a school, church, etc). 3) (attend to) deal with or pay attention to. 4) occur at the same time as or as a result of. 5) escort and wait on (an important person). DERIVATIVES …   English terms dictionary

  • attend — [ə tend′] vt. [ME attenden < OFr atendre, to wait, expect < L attendere, to stretch toward, give heed to < ad , to + tendere, stretch: see THIN] 1. Now Rare to take care or charge of; look after 2. a) to wait on; minister to; serve b) to …   English World dictionary

  • attend — I (accompany) verb be associated with, be connected with, go along with II (be present at) verb frequent, go to, visit III (heed) verb be attentive to, give heed to, listen, mark, mind, note, notice, take notice of IV ( …   Law dictionary

  • attend — (v.) c.1300, to direct one s mind or energies, from O.Fr. atendre (12c., Mod.Fr. attendre) to expect, wait for, pay attention, and directly from L. attendere give heed to, lit. to stretch toward, from ad to (see AD (Cf. ad )) + tendere stretch… …   Etymology dictionary

  • attend — 1 *tend, mind, watch Analogous words: *nurse, foster, nurture, cherish: supervise, oversee (see corresponding nouns at OVERSIGHT) 2 escort, *accompany, chaperon, convoy …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • attend */*/*/ — UK [əˈtend] / US verb Word forms attend : present tense I/you/we/they attend he/she/it attends present participle attending past tense attended past participle attended Get it right: attend: When attend means to be present at an event or activity …   English dictionary

  • attend — attender, n. attendingly, adv. /euh tend /, v.t. 1. to be present at: to attend a lecture; to attend church. 2. to go with as a concomitant or result; accompany: Fever may attend a cold. Success attended her hard work. 3. to take care of;… …   Universalium

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