- Alternative form of ("to kindle").
From Middle English attenden, atenden, a borrowing 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.]
- Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586)
- The diligent pilot in a dangerous tempest doth not attend the unskilful words of the passenger.
- Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586)
- (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) To wait upon as a servant etc.; to accompany to assist (someone). [from 15th c.]
Valets attend to their employer's wardrobe.
- (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 March 25, 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 March 25, 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
- John Dryden (1631-1700)
- 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.
- (listen to): behear
to turn one's consideration to, deal with
to be present at
to regularly go to
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