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  • v. work for or be a servant to
  • v. get down to; pay attention to; take seriously


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  • As a gentle smile increases into a strong one, or into a laugh, every one may feel and see, if he will attend to his own sensations and look at himself in a mirror, that as the upper lip is drawn up and the lower orbiculars contract, the wrinkles in the lower eyelids and those beneath the eyes are much strengthened or increased.

    The expression of the emotions in man and animals

  • Rice and her counselor Philip Zelikow argued that the time to do much more in Iraq had come and gone and that the United States had other important strategic interests to attend to in the world in places like Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.

    The Longest War

  • The campaign messages did not get through to the targeted audience because of selective exposure, the tendency of individuals to attend to messages that are consistent with their prior attitudes and experiences Hyman and Sheatsley, 1974.

    Diffusion of Innovations

  • It is the last official duty I will attend to before leaving to lead the attack on the Lowsee.

    Raven Rise

  • Villermon, who was not a purchasing specialist, should attend to the details of local supply, purchasing, and inventory.

    Strategic Management in Developing Countries Case Studies

  • No one spoke to Renna during the long march into the mountains—in fact, no one spoke at all, even during the brief periods when they stopped to attend to bodily functions and sip a bitter tealike substance.


  • The aediles attend to Rome herself by seeing that the water supply, sewerage, markets, buildings, and temples are cared for.

    Antony and Cleopatra

  • We may note here the simplicity and the industry of the Propaganda secrctariate: only six minutanti attend to the affairs of the countries of the Latin Rite subject to the congregation.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • In 1956, George A. Miller presented the idea that short-term memory which is the information we need to have available in order to consciously attend to a specific task could hold only five to nine “chunks” of information.

    Why We Believe What We Believe

  • He had been too impressed, that morning, by the unusual aspect of the case to attend to the material clues himself, and he had left all that to the experts from the Criminal Records Office.

    Maigret in Society


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