from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To be present at: attended class.
  • transitive v. To accompany as a circumstance or follow as a result: The speech was attended by wild applause.
  • transitive v. To accompany or wait upon as a companion or servant.
  • transitive v. To take care of (a sick person, for example). See Synonyms at tend2.
  • transitive v. To take charge of: They attended our affairs during our absence.
  • transitive v. To listen to; heed: attended my every word.
  • transitive v. Archaic To wait for; expect.
  • intransitive v. To be present.
  • intransitive v. To take care; give attention: We'll attend to that problem later.
  • intransitive v. To apply or direct oneself: attended to their business.
  • intransitive v. To pay attention: attended disinterestedly to the debate.
  • intransitive v. To remain ready to serve; wait.
  • intransitive v. Obsolete To delay or wait.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Alternative form of atend ("to kindle").

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To apply the mind, or pay attention, with a view to perceive, understand, or comply; to pay regard; to heed; to listen; -- usually followed by to.
  • intransitive v. To accompany or be present or near at hand, in pursuance of duty; to be ready for service; to wait or be in waiting; -- often followed by on or upon.
  • intransitive v. (with to) To take charge of; to look after.
  • intransitive v. To wait; to stay; to delay.
  • transitive v. To direct the attention to; to fix the mind upon; to give heed to; to regard.
  • transitive v. To care for; to look after; to take charge of; to watch over.
  • transitive v. 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.
  • transitive v. To be present with; to accompany; to be united or consequent to.
  • transitive v. To be present at.
  • transitive v. To wait for; to await; to remain, abide, or be in store for.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To fix the mind upon; listen to; have regard or pay heed to; consider.
  • To accompany or be present with, as a companion, minister, or servant, or for the fulfilment of any duty; wait upon.
  • To be present at or in for purposes of duty, business, curiosity, pleasure, etc.: as, to attend a meeting.
  • To accompany or follow in immediate sequence, especially with a causal connection: said of things: as, a cold attended with fever; a measure attended with bad results.
  • To wait or stay for; expect, as a person or an event.
  • To be in store for; await.
  • To give attention; pay regard or heed: followed by to: as, my son, attend to my words.
  • To be present, in pursuance of duty, business, or pleasure; especially, act as an attendant: absolutely, or with on or upon, or at: as, who attends here ? to attend upon a committee; to attend at such a church. Hence To fix the mind in worship: with on or upon.
  • To be consequent; wait: with on or upon.
  • To stay; wait; delay.
  • n. Attendance.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. take charge of or deal with
  • v. give heed (to)
  • v. to accompany as a circumstance or follow as a result
  • v. be present at (meetings, church services, university), etc.
  • v. work for or be a servant to


Middle English attenden, from Old French atendre, from Latin attendere, to heed : ad-, ad- + tendere, to stretch; see ten- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English attenden, atenden, from Old English ātendan ("to set on fire, kindle, inflame, trouble, perplex"), equivalent to a- +‎ tend. (Wiktionary)
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. (Wiktionary)



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  • I love this quote from CNN: "Amy Winehouse voluntarily attended a London police station today by appointment. She was arrested in order to be interviewed and is cooperating fully with inquiries." She attended a police station, like a concert, or a school lecture. Brilliant!

    May 8, 2008

  • I think I did Pro :-)

    April 5, 2008

  • An oligosemantonym, you mean?

    April 5, 2008

  • WordNET shows quite a number of meanings for what is all-in-all not a very interesting verb.

    April 5, 2008