- (Received Pronunciation, General American) IPA(key): /əˈtɛnd/, [əˈtʰɛnd]
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- Rhymes: -ɛnd
- Homophone: atend
From Middle English attenden, atenden, from Old French atendre (“to attend, listen”), from Latin attendere (“to stretch toward, give heed to”), from ad (“to”) + tendere (“to stretch”); see tend and compare attempt.
- (archaic, transitive) To listen to (something or someone); to pay attention to; regard; heed. [from 15th c.]
- 1590, Philippe Sidnei [i.e., Philip Sidney], “(please specify the page number)”, in Fulke Greville, Matthew Gwinne, and John Florio, editors, The Covntesse of Pembrokes Arcadia [The New Arcadia], London: […] William Ponsonbie, OCLC 801077108; republished in Albert Feuillerat, editor, The Countesse of Pembrokes Arcadia (Cambridge English Classics: The Complete Works of Sir Philip Sidney; I), Cambridge, Cambridgeshire: University Press, 1912, OCLC 318419127:
- The diligent pilot in a dangerous tempest doth not attend the unskilful words of the passenger.
- 1704, [Jonathan Swift], “Section IX. A Digression Concerning the Original, the Use and Improvement of Madness in a Commonwealth.”, in A Tale of a Tub. […], London: […] John Nutt, […], OCLC 752990886, pages 169–170:
- The preſent Argument is the moſt abſtracted that ever I engaged in, it ſtrains my Faculties to their higheſt Stretch; and I deſire the Reader to attend with utmoſt perpenſity; For, I now proceed to unravel this knotty Point.
- (archaic, intransitive) To listen (to, unto). [from 15th c.]
- (intransitive) To turn one's consideration (to); to deal with (a task, problem, concern etc.), to look after. [from 15th c.]
- Secretaries attend to correspondence.
- 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 15, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
- Edward Churchill still attended to his work in a hopeless mechanical manner like a sleep-walker who walks safely on a well-known round. But his Roman collar galled him, his cossack stifled him, his biretta was as uncomfortable as a merry-andrew's cap and bells.
- (transitive, intransitive) To wait upon as a servant etc.; to accompany to assist (someone). [from 15th c.]
- Valets attend to their employer's wardrobe.
- Servants attend the king day and night.
- c. 1590–1591, William Shakespeare, “The Two Gentlemen of Verona”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act I, scene iii]:
- youthful Valentine
Attends the emperor in his royal court.
- 1849–1861, Thomas Babington Macaulay, chapter 13, in The History of England from the Accession of James the Second, volume (please specify |volume=I to V), London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, OCLC 1069526323:
- With a sore heart and a gloomy brow, he prepared to attend William thither.
- (transitive) To be present at (an event or place) in order to take part in some action or proceedings; to regularly go to (an event or place). [from 17th c.]
- Children must attend primary school.
- 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 5, in The Celebrity:
- In the eyes of Mr. Farquhar Fenelon Cooke the apotheosis of the Celebrity was complete. The people of Asquith were not only willing to attend the house-warming, but had been worked up to the pitch of eagerness. The Celebrity as a matter of course was master of ceremonies.
- 1994, Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom, Abacus 2010, p. 20:
- I attended a one-room school next door to the palace and studied English, Xhosa, history and geography.
- (intransitive, law) To go to (a place) for some purpose (with at).
- 2011, Supreme Court of Canada, R. v. Côté, retrieved 2016-05-08:
- Around 12:15 a.m. patrolling officers Tremblay and Mathieu attended at the appellant’s home.
- 2016, Prince Edward Island Court of Appeal, R. v. Yeo, retrieved 2016-05-08:
- There were a few errors in the testimony of [a civilian witness] which the trial judge noted – one, that they attended at the Fairhurst residence the day before the robbery, and two, that Wakelin was with them.
- To be present with; to accompany; to be united or consequent to.
- a measure attended with ill effects
- 1697, John Dryden, The Georgics
- What cares must then attend the toiling swain.
- 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 5, in A Cuckoo in the Nest:
- The most rapid and most seductive transition in all human nature is that which attends the palliation of a ravenous appetite. There is something humiliating about it. […] Can those harmless but refined fellow-diners be the selfish cads whose gluttony and personal appearance so raised your contemptuous wrath on your arrival?
- To wait for; to await; to remain, abide, or be in store for.
- 1689 (indicated as 1690), [John Locke], An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding. […], London: […] Eliz[abeth] Holt, for Thomas Basset, […], OCLC 153628242:
- the different state of perfect happiness or misery that attends all men after this
- 1665, John Dryden, The Indian Emperour
- Three days I promised to attend my doom.
- (listen to): behear, heed, mark, notice
- (listen): notice, pay attention, take heed; See also Thesaurus:listen or Thesaurus:pay attention
- (wait upon as a servant): bestand, serve; See also Thesaurus:serve
- (wait for): See also Thesaurus:wait for
to turn one's consideration to, deal with
to be present at
to regularly go to
- Alternative form of ("to kindle").
- attend at OneLook Dictionary Search
- attend in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
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