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.
adj 1: being present at meeting or event [syn: in attendance(p)]
2: serving attendance on someone; "a ministering angel"; "the
angels ministrant sang"; "the attending physician" [syn: ministering,
n 1: the process whereby a person concentrates on some features
of the environment to the (relative) exclusion of others
[syn: attention] [ant: inattention]
2: the act of being present (at a meeting or event etc.) [syn:
attendance] [ant: nonattendance]