to be present at:
to attend a lecture; to attend church.
to go with as a concomitant or result; accompany:
Fever may attend a cold. Success attended her hard work.
to take care of; minister to; devote one’s services to:
The nurse attended the patient daily.
to wait upon; accompany as a companion or servant:
The retainers attended their lord.
to take charge of; watch over; look after; tend; guard:
to attend one’s health.
to listen to; give heed to.
Archaic. to wait for; expect.
to take care or charge:
to attend to a sick person.
to apply oneself:
to attend to one’s work.
to pay ; listen or watch ; direct one’s thought; pay heed:
to attend to a speaker.
to be present:
She is a member but does not attend regularly.
to be present and ready to give service; wait (usually followed by on or upon):
to attend upon the Queen.
to follow; be consequent (usually followed by on or upon).
Obsolete. to wait.
to be present at (an event, meeting, etc)
when intr, foll by to. to give care; minister
when intr, foll by to. to pay attention; listen
(transitive; often passive) to accompany or follow: a high temperature attended by a severe cough
(intransitive; foll by on or upon) to follow as a consequence (of)
(intransitive) foll by to. to devote one’s time; apply oneself: to attend to the garden
(transitive) to escort or accompany
(intransitive; foll by on or upon) to wait (on); serve; provide for the needs (of): to attend on a guest
(transitive) (archaic) to wait for; expect
(intransitive) (obsolete) to delay
c.1300, “to direct one’s mind or energies,” from Old French atendre (12c., Modern French attendre) “to expect, wait for, pay attention,” and directly from Latin attendere “give heed to,” literally “to stretch toward,” from ad- “to” (see ad-) + tendere “stretch” (see tenet). The notion is of “stretching” one’s mind toward something. Sense of “take care of, wait upon” is from early 14c. Meaning “to pay attention” is early 15c.; that of “to be in attendance” is mid-15c. Related: Attended; attending.
- Attend upon
to be present at: to attend a lecture; to attend church. to go with as a concomitant or result; accompany: Fever may attend a cold. Success attended her hard work. to take care of; minister to; devote one’s services to: The nurse attended the patient daily. to wait upon; accompany as a companion or servant: […]
the act of . the persons or number of persons present: an attendance of more than 300 veterans. dance attendance, to be obsequious in one’s attentions or service; attend constantly: He was given a larger office and several assistants to dance attendance on him. Contemporary Examples Her attendance will bring in more parishioners and thus […]
- Attendance allowance
noun (in Britain) a tax-free noncontributory welfare benefit for people over 65 years old who are so severely disabled that they need frequent attention or continual supervision for a period of six months or more
- Attendance centre
noun (in Britain) a place at which young offenders are required to attend regularly instead of going to prison