Definition of Attend

1. Verb. Be present at (meetings, church services, university), etc.. "Did you go to the meeting?"

Exact synonyms: Go To
Category relationships: Church, Church Service
Specialized synonyms: Sit In, Worship
Generic synonyms: Be
Derivative terms: Attendance, Attendant, Attender, Attender
Antonyms: Miss

2. Verb. Take charge of or deal with. "She took care of this business"
Exact synonyms: Look, See, Take Care
Specialized synonyms: Minister, Tend
Generic synonyms: Care, Give Care
Derivative terms: Attention

3. Verb. To accompany as a circumstance or follow as a result. "Menuhin's playing was attended by a 15-minute standing ovation"
Generic synonyms: Accompany, Attach To, Come With, Go With
Derivative terms: Attendant

4. Verb. Work for or be a servant to. "Sam cannot attend Sue "; "The minister served the King for many years"
Exact synonyms: Assist, Attend To, Serve, Wait On
Specialized synonyms: Valet, Fag
Generic synonyms: Aid, Assist, Help
Related verbs: Serve
Derivative terms: Assist, Attendant, Attender, Servant, Servitor

5. Verb. Give heed (to). "They attended to everything he said"
Exact synonyms: Advert, Give Ear, Hang, Pay Heed
Generic synonyms: Listen
Specialized synonyms: Fixate
Derivative terms: Advertence, Advertency, Advertent, Attender, Attention, Attention, Attention, Attentive, Attentive

Definition of Attend

1. v. t. To direct the attention to; to fix the mind upon; to give heed to; to regard.

2. v. i. 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.

Definition of Attend

1. Verb. (alternative form of atend) (gloss "to kindle"). ¹

2. Verb. (archaic transitive) To listen to (something or someone). (defdate from 15th c.) ¹

3. Verb. (archaic intransitive) To listen ((term to), (term unto)). (defdate from 15th c.) ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive) To turn one's consideration ((term to)); to deal with (a task, problem, concern etc.), to look after. (defdate from 15th c.) ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To wait upon as a servant etc.; to accompany to assist (someone). (defdate from 15th c.) ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) To be present at (an event or place) in order to take part in some action or proceedings. (defdate from 17th c.) ¹

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Definition of Attend

1. to be present at [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Attend

1. 1. To direct the attention to; to fix the mind upon; to give heed to; to regard. "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. "The state that attends all men after this." (Locke) "Three days I promised to attend my doom." (Dryden) Synonym: 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 ~ to a thing from a principle of caution; to notice is to think on that which strikes the senses. See Accompany. Origin: 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. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Attend

attempted rape
attend (current term)
attend to
attendance allowance
attendance check

Literary usage of Attend

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides, Henry Dale, Thomas Arnold (1873)
"... half tlio ship* across tlio Isthmus first, and lot these »nil oil' immediately ; that tho Athenians might not attend to those which wero setting out, ..."

2. The Novels of Jane Austen by Jane Austen (1892)
"towards the evening, dial, added to her unwillingness to see Mr Darcy, it determined her not to attend her ..."

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