Attend meaning

ə-tĕnd
To accompany as a circumstance or follow as a result.

The speech was attended by wild applause.

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To take charge of.

They attended our affairs during our absence.

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To give the required care or attention (to)
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To listen to; heed.

Attended my every word.

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To wait for; expect.
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To be present, as at a scheduled event.
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To take care; give attention.

We'll attend to that problem later.

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To apply or direct oneself; take action.

Attended to their business.

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To pay attention.

Attended disinterestedly to the debate.

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To remain ready to serve; wait.
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To delay or wait.
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To take care or charge of; look after.
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To accompany; go with.
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To accompany as a circumstance or result.

Success attended his efforts.

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To be present at.

To attend a concert.

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To await.
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To pay attention to.
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To pay attention; give heed.
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To be in readiness; wait.
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To devote or apply oneself (to)
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To wait or delay.
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Alternative form of atend ("to kindle").
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(archaic) To listen to (something or someone); to pay attention to; regard; heed. [from 15th c.]
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(archaic, intransitive) To listen (to, unto). [from 15th c.]
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​(intransitive) To turn one's consideration (to); to deal with (a task, problem, concern etc.), to look after. [from 15th c.]

Secretaries attend to correspondence.

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To wait upon as a servant etc.; to accompany to assist (someone). [from 15th c.]

Valets attend to their employer's wardrobe.

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​ To be present at (an event or place) in order to take part in some action or proceedings. [from 17th c.]
  • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 5, The Celebrity.
    In the eyes of Mr. Farquhar Fenelon Cooke the apotheosis of the Celebrity was complete. The people of Asquith were not only willing to attend the house-warming, but had been worked up to the pitch of eagerness. The Celebrity as a matter of course was master of ceremonies.
  • 1994, Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom, Abacus 2010, p. 20.
    I attended a one-room school next door to the palace and studied English, Xhosa, history and geography.

Children must attend primary school.

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To be present with; to accompany; to be united or consequent to.

A measure attended with ill effects.

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To wait for; to await; to remain, abide, or be in store for.
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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.

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Origin of attend

  • Middle English attenden from Old French atendre from Latin attendere to heed ad- ad- tendere to stretch ten- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English attenden, atenden, from Old French atendre (“to attend, listen”), from Latin attendere (“to stretch toward, give heed to”), from ad (“to”) + tendere (“to stretch”); see tend and compare attempt.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English attenden, atenden, from Old English ātendan (“to set on fire, kindle, inflame, trouble, perplex”), equivalent to a- +‎ tend.

    From Wiktionary