1. To direct the attention to; to fix the mind upon; to give heed to; to regard. "The diligent pilot in a dangerous tempest doth not attend the unskillful words of the passenger." (Sir P. Sidney)

2. To care for; to look after; to take charge of; to watch over.

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)

4. To be present with; to accompany; to be united or consequent to; as, a measure attended with ill effects. "What cares must then attend the toiling swain." (Dryden)

5. To be present at; as, to attend church, school, a concert, a business meeting.

6. To wait for; to await; to remain, abide, or be in store for. "The state that attends all men after this." (Locke) "Three days I promised to attend my doom." (Dryden)

Synonyms: To Attend, Mind, Regard, Heed, Notice.

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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