attend: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (u-tend'), [key]
— v.t.
  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. to wait for; expect.
  1. to take care or charge: to attend to a sick person.
  2. to apply oneself: to attend to one's work.
  3. to pay attention; listen or watch attentively; direct one's thought; pay heed: to attend to a speaker.
  4. to be present: She is a member but does not attend regularly.
  5. to be present and ready to give service; wait (usually fol. by on or upon): to attend upon the Queen.
  6. to follow; be consequent (usually fol. by on or upon).
  7. to wait.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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