attend upon

attend

[uh-tend]
verb (used with object)
1.
to be present at: to attend a lecture; to attend church.
2.
to go with as a concomitant or result; accompany: Fever may attend a cold. Success attended her hard work.
3.
to take care of; minister to; devote one's services to: The nurse attended the patient daily.
4.
to wait upon; accompany as a companion or servant: The retainers attended their lord.
5.
to take charge of; watch over; look after; tend; guard: to attend one's health.
6.
to listen to; give heed to.
7.
Archaic. to wait for; expect.
verb (used without object)
8.
to take care or charge: to attend to a sick person.
9.
to apply oneself: to attend to one's work.
10.
to pay attention; listen or watch attentively; direct one's thought; pay heed: to attend to a speaker.
11.
to be present: She is a member but does not attend regularly.
12.
to be present and ready to give service; wait (usually followed by on or upon ): to attend upon the Queen.
13.
to follow; be consequent (usually followed by on or upon ).
14.
Obsolete. to wait.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English atenden < Anglo-French, Old French atendre < Latin attendere to bend to, notice. See at-, tend1

attender, noun
attendingly, adverb
well-attended, adjective


4. See accompany.
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attend (əˈtɛnd)
 
vb (when intr, foll by to) (when intr, foll by to) (foll by to)
1.  to be present at (an event, meeting, etc)
2.  to give care; minister
3.  to pay attention; listen
4.  (tr; often passive) to accompany or follow: a high temperature attended by a severe cough
5.  (intr; foll by on or upon) to follow as a consequence (of)
6.  to devote one's time; apply oneself: to attend to the garden
7.  (tr) to escort or accompany
8.  (intr; foll by on or upon) to wait (on); serve; provide for the needs (of): to attend on a guest
9.  archaic (tr) to wait for; expect
10.  obsolete (intr) to delay
 
[C13: from Old French atendre, from Latin attendere to stretch towards, from tendere to extend]
 
at'tender
 
n

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attend
c.1300, "to direct one's mind or energies," from O.Fr. atendre (12c., Mod.Fr. attendre) "to expect, wait for, pay attention," from L. attendere "give heed to," lit. "to stretch toward," from ad- "to" + tendere "stretch" (see tenet). The notion is of "stretching" one's mind
toward something. Sense of "take care of, wait upon" is from early 15c.
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