Attend



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.
Contemporary Examples

Few who attend magnificent universities see this as an unethical edge over students at more modest colleges.
Randy Cohen’s Three Favorite Ethicist Columns Randy Cohen October 8, 2012

“The presidency has previously announced that the president will attend if he got invited, and he was invited,” he said.
Egypt’s New Democracy in Action David Frum November 16, 2012

Where race will not determine whether or not they get a job, attend college, or get invited to certain social engagements.
What a Powerful World This Will Be Zane Strebor November 4, 2008

That meant he could attend classes but was not formally admitted to the university.
The Oregon Bomb Plot Kid Winston Ross November 27, 2010

It was after she moved to the States to attend Harvard Law School that she began to fully immerse herself in the art world.
Feeding Diddy’s Art Addiction: How Maria Brito Buys Art for Celebrites Justin Jones July 13, 2014

Historical Examples

It was not at first that John could attend to him, and when he was able to do so he began to rattle on about his own affairs.
The Christian Hall Caine

Till then, success will attend me; for when I meet you, I meet the only obstacle to my fortune.
The Comedies of William Congreve William Congreve

Should there be lacerations, the doctor will attend to their repair when he comes.
The Mother and Her Child William S. Sadler

As soon as they were gone we thought it was time to attend to the disposition of the prisoners.
Up the River Oliver Optic

He was ever ready to attend the sick, and his success in medical practice gave him great renown.
The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago John S. C. Abbott

verb
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
v.

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.

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