Definitions for: Attend

[v] give heed (to); "The children in the audience attended the recital quietly"; "She hung on his every word"; "They paid attention to everything he said"
[v] take charge of; "My deputy attended my affairs while I was on vacation"
[v] work for or be a servant to; "May I serve you?"; "She attends the old lady in the wheelchair"; "Can you wait on our table, please?"; "Is a salesperson assisting you?"; "The minister served the King for many years"
[v] take charge of or deal with; "Could you see about lunch?"; "I must attend to this matter"; "She took care of this business"
[v] apply oneself to; "We will attend to this matter as soon as possible"
[v] be present at (meetings, church services, university), etc.; "She attends class regularly"; "I rarely attend services at my church"; "did you go to the meeting?"
[v] to accompany as a circumstance or follow as a result; "Menuhin's playing was attended by a 15-minute standing ovation"

Webster (1913) Definition: At*tend", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Attended; p. pr. & vb.
n. Attending.] [OE. atenden, OF. atendre, F. attendre, to
expect, to wait, fr. L. attendre to stretch, (sc. animum), to
apply the mind to; ad + tendere to stretch. See Tend.]
1. To direct the attention to; to fix the mind upon; to give
heed to; to regard. [Obs.]

The diligent pilot in a dangerous tempest doth not
attend the unskillful words of the passenger. --Sir
P. Sidney.

2. To care for; to look after; to take charge of; to watch

3. To go or stay with, as a companion, nurse, or servant; to
visit professionally, as a physician; to accompany or
follow in order to do service; to escort; to wait on; to

The fifth had charge sick persons to attend.

Attends the emperor in his royal court. --Shak.

With a sore heart and a gloomy brow, he prepared to
attend William thither. --Macaulay.

4. To be present with; to accompany; to be united or
consequent to; as, a measure attended with ill effects.

What cares must then attend the toiling swain.

5. To be present at; as, to attend church, school, a concert,
a business meeting.

6. To wait for; to await; to remain, abide, or be in store
for. [Obs.]

The state that attends all men after this. --Locke.

Three days I promised to attend my doom. --Dryden.

Syn: To Attend, Mind, Regard, Heed, Notice.

Usage: Attend is generic, the rest are specific terms. To
mind is to attend so that it may not be forgotten; to
regard is to look on a thing as of importance; to heed
is to attend to a thing from a principle of caution;
to notice is to think on that which strikes the
senses. --Crabb. See Accompany.

At*tend", v. i.
1. To apply the mind, or pay attention, with a view to
perceive, understand, or comply; to pay regard; to heed;
to listen; -- usually followed by to.

Attend to the voice of my supplications. --Ps.
lxxxvi. 6.

Man can not at the same time attend to two objects.
--Jer. Taylor.

2. To accompany or be present or near at hand, in pursuance
of duty; to be ready for service; to wait or be in
waiting; -- often followed by on or upon.

He was required to attend upon the committee.

3. (with to) To take charge of; to look after; as, to attend
to a matter of business.

4. To wait; to stay; to delay. [Obs.]

For this perfection she must yet attend, Till to her
Maker she espoused be. --Sir J.

Syn: To Attend, Listen, Hearken.

Usage: We attend with a view to hear and learn; we listen
with fixed attention, in order to hear correctly, or
to consider what has been said; we hearken when we
listen with a willing mind, and in reference to

Synonyms: advert, assist, attend to, give ear, go to, hang, look, pay attention, pay heed, see, serve, take care, wait on

Antonyms: miss

See Also: accompany, aid, apply, attach to, be, care, come with, fag, fixate, give care, go with, help, listen, minister, sit in, take charge, take control, take hold, tend, valet, worship

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