What does attend mean?

Definitions for attend

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word attend.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. attend, go toverb

    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?"

  2. attend, take care, look, seeverb

    take charge of or deal with

    "Could you see about lunch?"; "I must attend to this matter"; "She took care of this business"

  3. attendverb

    to accompany as a circumstance or follow as a result

    "Menuhin's playing was attended by a 15-minute standing ovation"

  4. serve, attend to, wait on, attend, assistverb

    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"

  5. attend, hang, advert, pay heed, give earverb

    give heed (to)

    "The children in the audience attended the recital quietly"; "She hung on his every word"; "They attended to everything he said"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To ATTENDverb

    Etymology: attendre, Fr. attendo, Lat.

    The crow doth sing as sweetly as the stork,
    When neither is attended. William Shakespeare, Merch. of Venice.

    His companion, youthful Valentine,
    Attends the emperour in his royal court. William Shakespeare, T. Gent. of Ver.

    He was at present strong enough to have stopped or attended Walter in his western expedition. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

    If any minister refused to admit a lecturer recommended by him, he was required to attend upon the committee, and not discharged till the houses met again. Edward Hyde.

    England is so idly king’d,
    Her sceptre so fantastically born,
    That fear attends her not. William Shakespeare, Henry V.

    My pray’rs and wishes always shall attend
    The friends of Rome. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    A vehement, burning, fixed, pungent pain in the stomach, attended with a fever. John Arbuthnot, on Diet.

    So dreadful a tempest, as all the people attended therein the very end of the world, and judgment-day. Walter Raleigh, Hist.

    The fifth had charge sick persons to attend,
    And comfort those in point of death which lay. Fairy Q.

    The duke made that unfortunate descent upon Rhée, which was afterwards attended with many unprosperous attempts. Clar.

    To him, who hath a prospect of the state that attends all men after this, the measures of good and evil are changed. John Locke.

    Thy interpreter, full of despight, bloody as the hunter, attends thee at the orchard end. William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night.

    Their hunger thus appeas’d, their care attends
    The doubtful fortune of their absent friends. John Dryden, Virgil.

    I died whilst in the womb he staid,
    Attending nature’s law. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    I hasten to our own; nor will relate
    Great Mithridates, and rich Crœsus’ fate;
    Whom Solon wisely counsell’d to attend
    The name of happy, till he knew his end. John Dryden, Juv.

  2. To Attendverb

    But, thy relation now! for I attend,
    Pleas’d with thy words. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. viii.

    Since man cannot at the same time attend to two objects, if you employ your spirit upon a book or a bodily labour, you have no room left for sensual temptation. Jeremy Taylor, Holy Living.

    This first true cause, and last good end,
    She cannot here so well, and truly see;
    For this perfection she must yet attend,
    Till to her Maker she espoused be. John Davies.

    Plant anemonies after the first rains, if you will have flowers very forward; but it is surer to attend till October, or the month after. John Evelyn, Kalendar.


  1. attend

    To attend means to be present at an event, function, or a gathering. It is also used to imply one's act of giving attention to, or dealing with a task or situation. Additionally, it may refer to the act of taking care, looking after, or serving someone or something.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Attendverb

    to direct the attention to; to fix the mind upon; to give heed to; to regard

  2. Attendverb

    to care for; to look after; to take charge of; to watch over

  3. Attendverb

    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 serve

  4. Attendverb

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

  5. Attendverb

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

  6. Attendverb

    to wait for; to await; to remain, abide, or be in store for

  7. Attendverb

    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

  8. Attendverb

    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

  9. Attendverb

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

  10. Attendverb

    to wait; to stay; to delay

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Attend

    at-tend′, v.t. to wait on or accompany: to be present at: to wait for: to give attention (with to).—v.i. to yield attention: to act as an attendant: to wait, be consequent (with to, on, upon).—ns. Attend′ance, act of attending: (B.) attention, careful regard: presence: the persons attending; Attend′ancy (obs.), attendance, a retinue: (obs.) relative position.—adj. Attend′ant, giving attendance: accompanying.—n. one who attends or accompanies: a servant: what accompanies or follows: (law) one who owes a duty or service to another.—ns. Attend′er, one who gives heed: a companion:—fem. Atten′dress; Attend′ment (Sir T. Browne), attention.—adj. Attent′ (Spens.), giving attention.—n. (Spens.) attention.—In attendance on, waiting upon, attending. [O. Fr. atendre—L. attendĕread, to, tendĕre, to stretch.]

Editors Contribution

  1. attend

    Be present at.

    The children attend school every weekday.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 2, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'attend' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2851

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'attend' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3055

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'attend' in Verbs Frequency: #248

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of attend in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of attend in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of attend in a Sentence

  1. Attorney General William Barr:

    Today, the Department filed aStatement of Interestin support of a church in Mississippi that allegedly sought to hold parking lot worship services, in which congregants listened to their pastor preach over their car radios, while sitting in their cars in the church parking lot with their windows rolled up, the City of Greenville fined congregants $ 500 per person for attending these parking lot services while permitting citizens to attend nearby drive-in restaurants, even with their windows open.

  2. Piers Morgan:

    Some time ago I was asked to attend an interview with officers from Operation Golding when I was next in the UK, this was further to a previous voluntary interview I provided in December 2013.

  3. Simon Woodward:

    If we’re attending incidents that are YouTube videos, where we have people that have been irresponsible, those crews are unable to attend those life-risk incidents, what I would like to do is remind everybody not to put their lives at risk for the sake of other peoples’ entertainment.

  4. Commander Peter Spindler:

    As a result of that, officers did not attend the premises when in fact they probably should have done; and for that I want to apologize.

  5. Ronnie Hawkins:

    We had parties that Nero would have been ashamed to attend

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Translations for attend

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  • حضرArabic
  • посещавам, присъствам, обръщам внимание, грижа се, прислужвамBulgarian
  • zúčastnit se, účastnit seCzech
  • mynychuWelsh
  • kümmern, besuchen, beachten, teilnehmenGerman
  • παρίσταμαι, φροντίζω, μεριμνώ, παρευρίσκομαι, παραβρίσκομαιGreek
  • ĉeestiEsperanto
  • atender, asistir, ocuparSpanish
  • hoitaa, huoli, pitää, osallistua, olla, läsnä, huolehtiaFinnish
  • assister, présentFrench
  • sgeadaichScottish Gaelic
  • jár, részt vesz, eljárHungarian
  • partecipareItalian
  • 出席, 立ち会うJapanese
  • 출석하다Korean
  • attendōLatin
  • bijwonen, aanwezig zijn, volgenDutch
  • uczęszczać, brać udziałPolish
  • assistir, [[participar]] [[de]], [[estar]] [[presente]] [[em]]Portuguese
  • посещать, присутствоватьRussian
  • delta, närvaraSwedish
  • відвідуватиUkrainian

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    directed outward; marked by interest in others or concerned with external reality
    • A. soft-witted
    • B. unsealed
    • C. extroversive
    • D. eloquent

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