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Meaning of attend by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • Rhymes: -ɛnd

    Etymology 1

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


    attend ( third-person singular simple present attends present participle attending, simple past and past participle attended )

    1. Alternative form of atend ( "to kindle" ) .
    Related terms
    • tend
    • tinder

    Etymology 2

    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 .


    attend ( third-person singular simple present attends present participle attending, simple past and past participle attended )

    1. ( archaic, transitive ) To listen to ( something or someone ). [from 15th c.]
    2. ( archaic, intransitive ) To listen ( to, unto ). [from 15th c.]
    3. ( intransitive ) To turn one's consideration ( to ); to deal with ( a task, problem, concern etc. ), to look after. [from 15th c.]
    4. ( transitive ) To wait upon as a servant etc.; to accompany to assist ( someone ). [from 15th c.]
    5. ( transitive ) To be present at ( an event or place ) in order to take part in some action or proceedings. [from 17th c.]
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Explanation of attend by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. give heed ( to )

    2. The children in the audience attended the recital quietly
      They attended to everything he said
    3. work for or be a servant to

    4. She attends the old lady in the wheelchair
    5. take charge of or deal with

    6. I must attend to this matter
    7. be present at ( meetings, church services, university ) , etc .

    8. She attends class regularly
      I rarely attend services at my church
    9. to accompany as a circumstance or follow as a result

    10. Menuhin's playing was attended by a 15-minute standing ovation

    Definition of attend by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Attend 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.]

      The diligent pilot in a dangerous tempest doth not attend the unskillful words of the passenger. Sir P. Sidney.

      2. To care for; to look after; to take charge of; to watch over.

      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.

      The fifth had charge sick persons to attend. Spenser.

      Attends the emperor in his royal court. Shak.

      With a sore heart and a gloomy brow, he prepared to attend William thither. Macaulay.

      4. To be present with; to accompany; to be united or consequent to; as, “a measure attended with ill effects”.

      What cares must then attend the toiling swain. Dryden.

      5. To be present at; as, “to attend church, school, a concert, a business meeting”.

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

      The state that attends all men after this. Locke.

      Three days I promised to attend my doom. Dryden.

      Syn. -- To Attend, Mind, Regard, Heed, Notice. 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.

    2. Attend 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.

      Attend to the voice of my supplications. Ps. lxxxvi. 6.

      Man can not at the same time attend to two objects. Jer. Taylor.

      2. To accompany or be present or near at hand, in pursuance of duty; to be ready for service; to wait or be in waiting; -- often followed by on or upon.

      He was required to attend upon the committee. Clarendon.

      3. ( with to ) To take charge of; to look after; as, “to attend to a matter of business”.

      4. To wait; to stay; to delay. [Obs.]

      For this perfection she must yet attend,

      Till to her Maker she espoused be. Sir J. Davies.

      Syn. -- To Attend, Listen, Hearken. We attend with a view to hear and learn; we listen with fixed attention, in order to hear correctly, or to consider what has been said; we hearken when we listen with a willing mind, and in reference to obeying.