at·tend /əˈtɛnd/ 及物動詞
At·tend v. t. [imp. & p. p. Attended; p. pr. & vb. n. Attending.]
1. To direct the attention to; to fix the mind upon; to give heed to; to regard. [Obs.]
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. [Obs.]
The state that attends all men after this. --Locke.
Three days I promised to attend my doom. --Dryden.
Syn: -- To Attend, Mind, Regard, Heed, Notice.
Usage: 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 attend to a thing from a principle of caution; to notice is to think on that which strikes the senses. --Crabb. See Accompany.
At·tend v. i.
1. 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.
Attend to the voice of my supplications. --Ps. lxxxvi. 6.
Man can not at the same time attend to two objects. --Jer. Taylor.
2. 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.
He was required to attend upon the committee. --Clarendon.
3. (with to) To take charge of; to look after; as, to attend to a matter of business.
4. To wait; to stay; to delay. [Obs.]
For this perfection she must yet attend,
Till to her Maker she espoused be. --Sir J. Davies.
Syn: -- To Attend, Listen, Hearken.
Usage: We attend with a view to hear and learn; we listen with fixed attention, in order to hear correctly, or to consider what has been said; we hearken when we listen with a willing mind, and in reference to obeying.
v 1: be present at (meetings, church services, university), etc.;
"She attends class regularly"; "I rarely attend services
at my church"; "did you go to the meeting?" [syn: go to]
2: take charge of or deal with; "Could you see about lunch?";
"I must attend to this matter"; "She took care of this
business" [syn: take care, look, see]
3: to accompany as a circumstance or follow as a result;
"Menuhin's playing was attended by a 15-minute standing
4: work for or be a servant to; "May I serve you?"; "She
attends the old lady in the wheelchair"; "Can you wait on
our table, please?"; "Is a salesperson assisting you?";
"The minister served the King for many years" [syn: serve,
attend to, wait on, assist]
5: give heed (to); "The children in the audience attended the
recital quietly"; "She hung on his every word"; "They
attended to everything he said" [syn: hang, advert, pay
heed, give ear]