[syn: attendance, attending]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Attend \At*tend"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Attended; p. pr. & vb.
n. Attending.] [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.]
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
2. To care for; to look after; to take charge of; to watch
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
The fifth had charge sick persons to attend.
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.
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
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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the process whereby a person concentrates on some features
of the environment to the (relative) exclusion of others
[syn: attention, attending] [ant: inattention]
2: the act of being present (at a meeting or event etc.) [syn:
attendance, attending] [ant: nonattendance]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
30 Moby Thesaurus words for "attending":
accessory, accompanying, ancillary, associated, attendant,
coincident, collateral, combined, concomitant, concurrent,
conjoint, correlative, coupled, fellow, helping, incident, joined,
joint, menial, ministering, mutual, paired, parallel, satellite,
servile, serving, servitorial, simultaneous, twin, waiting