3. 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. "The fifth had charge sick persons to attend." (Spenser) "Attends the emperor in his royal court." (Shak) "With a sore heart and a gloomy brow, he prepared to attend William thither." (Macaulay)
Attend is generic, the rest are specific terms. To mind is to attend so that it may not be forgotten; to regard is to look on a thing as of importance; to heed is to ~ to a thing from a principle of caution; to notice is to think on that which strikes the senses. See Accompany.
Origin: OE. Atenden, OF. Atendre, F. Attendre, to expect, to wait, fr. L. Attendre to stretch, (sc. Animum), to apply the mind to; ad + tendere to stretch. See Tend.
(01 Mar 1998)
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