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[uh-tend] /əˈtɛnd/
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
1250-1300; Middle English atenden < Anglo-French, Old French atendre < Latin attendere to bend to, notice. See at-, tend1
Related forms
attender, noun
attendingly, adverb
well-attended, adjective
Synonyms
4. See accompany.
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Examples for attended
  • Thousands of students and relatives attended our graduation ceremonies.
  • They also rate themselves lower in leadership abilities than do their peers whose parents attended college.
  • But in the last few years, the book exhibit has seemed to me sparsely attended.
  • The crew member attended to him and she realised her fitness was helping her, especially because the guy was quite heavy.
  • She attended a nearby university, and is trying to turn subsistence herding into a viable business.
  • He has attended scores of jobs fairs, sought help from job-search coaches and cold-called dozens of companies.
  • Elser attended the festivities, took note of the cellar's layout, and was surprised to realize that security was lax.
  • In northern cities, he'd dined at lunch counters and attended cinemas alongside whites.
  • Any such celebration will be dim and lightly attended.
  • His labours were attended with a great harvest of souls.
British Dictionary definitions for attended

attend

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