attend (v.)

c. 1300, "be subject to" (obsolete); early 14c., "direct one's mind or energies" (archaic), from Old French atendre "to expect, wait for, pay attention" (12c., Modern French attendre) and directly from Latin attendere "give heed to," literally "to stretch toward," from ad "to, toward" (see ad-) + tendere "stretch," from PIE root *ten- "to stretch." The notion is of "stretching" one's mind toward something.

Sense of "take care of, wait upon" is from mid-14c.; that of "endeavor to do" is from c. 1400. Meaning "to pay attention" is from early 15c.; that of "accompany and render service to" (someone) is from mid-15c., as is that of "be in attendance." Meaning "to accompany or follow as a consequent" is from 1610s. Related: Attended; attending.

updated on April 17, 2017

Definitions of attend from WordNet

attend (v.)
be present at (meetings, church services, university), etc.;
I rarely attend services at my church
She attends class regularly
Synonyms: go to
attend (v.)
take charge of or deal with;
I must attend to this matter
Synonyms: take care / look / see
attend (v.)
to accompany as a circumstance or follow as a result;
Menuhin's playing was attended by a 15-minute standing ovation
attend (v.)
work for or be a servant to;
She attends the old lady in the wheelchair
Synonyms: serve / attend to / wait on / assist
attend (v.)
give heed (to);
The children in the audience attended the recital quietly
They attended to everything he said
Synonyms: hang / advert / pay heed / give ear
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