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[uh-tent] /əˈtɛnt/
adjective, Archaic.
attentive; intent.
Origin of attent
1275-1325; Middle English < Latin attentus attentive (past participle of attendere), equivalent to atten(d)- (see attend) + -tus past participle suffix
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attently, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I wish these may please you, I shall be gratified if they do, pray write me, I will attent to all your Commands.

    Ten American Girls From History Kate Dickinson Sweetser
  • Our attent ion is then drawn to a large design representing the Terrestrial Paradise.

    Chantilly in History and Art Louise M. Richter
  • While her body was sleeping in this sweet hallucination of the senses, her mind was attent with a marvellous activity.

    The Marquis of Pealta (Marta y Mara) Armando Palacio Valds
  • And as thou walkest the street, keep thine eyes and thine ears open and attent, and learn ever what men say and think.

    The Lost Treasure of Trevlyn Evelyn Everett-Green
  • The end of it was, that father turned with mother, and had the Irish priest O'Shane to attent him afore he died.

  • He was the first bitter Secessionist I had met, and I listened with attent ear to his complaints of northern aggression.

    The Secret Service. Albert D. Richardson
  • Thus lord Aeneas with all attent retold alone the divine doom and the history of his goings.

Word Origin and History for attent

late 15c., "attentive," from Latin attentus, past participle of attendere (see attend). As a noun, "intention, aim" (early 13c.), from Old French atente "act of attending," from fem. of Latin attentus.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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