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Meaning of ATTEND

Pronunciation:  u'tend

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  give heed (to); "The children in the audience attended the recital quietly"; "She hung on his every word"; "They paid attention to everything he said"
  2. [v]  take charge of; "My deputy attended my affairs while I was on vacation"
  3. [v]  work for or be a servant to; "May I serve you?"; "She attends the old lady in the wheelchair"; "Can you wait on our table, please?"; "Is a salesperson assisting you?"; "The minister served the King for many years"
  4. [v]  take charge of or deal with; "Could you see about lunch?"; "I must attend to this matter"; "She took care of this business"
  5. [v]  apply oneself to; "We will attend to this matter as soon as possible"
  6. [v]  be present at (meetings, church services, university), etc.; "She attends class regularly"; "I rarely attend services at my church"; "did you go to the meeting?"
  7. [v]  to accompany as a circumstance or follow as a result; "Menuhin's playing was attended by a 15-minute standing ovation"

ATTEND is a 6 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: advert, assist, attend to, give ear, go to, hang, look, pay attention, pay heed, see, serve, take care, wait on
 Antonyms: miss
 See Also: accompany, aid, apply, attach to, be, care, come with, fag, fixate, give care, go with, help, listen, minister, sit in, take charge, take control, take hold, tend, valet, worship



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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 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
    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
             The fifth had charge sick persons to attend.
             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.
    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}.
    Usage: 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. \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.
             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.
    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.
    Syn: To {Attend}, {Listen}, {Hearken}.
    Usage: 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
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