- The definition of attend is to be present at something, or to take care of something or someone.
- An example of attend is to go to a wedding.
- An example of attend to is to take care of a sick relative.
- Now Rare to take care or charge of; look after
- to wait on; minister to; serve
- to serve as doctor to during an illness
- to accompany; go with
- to accompany as a circumstance or result: success attended his efforts
- to be present at: to attend a concert
- Archaic to await
- Archaic to pay attention to
Origin: Middle English attenden ; from Old French atendre, to wait, expect ; from Classical Latin attendere, to stretch toward, give heed to ; from ad-, to plush tendere, stretch: see thin
- to pay attention; give heed
- to be in readiness; wait: with on or upon
- to devote or apply oneself (to)
- to give the required care or attention (to)
- Obsolete to wait or delay
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verb at·tend·ed, at·tend·ing, at·tends verb, transitive
- To be present at: attended class.
- To accompany as a circumstance or follow as a result: The speech was attended by wild applause.
- a. To accompany or wait upon as a companion or servant.b. To take care of (a sick person, for example). See Synonyms at tend2.
- To take charge of: They attended our affairs during our absence.
- To listen to; heed: attended my every word.
- Archaic To wait for; expect.
- To be present.
- To take care; give attention: We'll attend to that problem later.
- To apply or direct oneself: attended to their business.
- To pay attention: attended disinterestedly to the debate.
- To remain ready to serve; wait.
- Obsolete To delay or wait.
Origin: Middle English attenden, from Old French atendre, from Latin attendere, to heed : ad-, ad- + tendere, to stretch; see ten- in Indo-European roots.
- at·tendˈer noun