- 1 [intransitive, transitive] (rather formal) to be present at an event We'd like as many people as possible to attend. attend something The meeting was attended by 90% of shareholders. to attend a wedding/funeral See related entries: Business meetings
- 2 [transitive, intransitive] attend something (formal) to go regularly to a place Our children attend the same school. How many people attend church every Sunday? Your dentist will ask you to attend for regular check-ups. The child was failing to attend regularly at the school. See related entries: Teaching and learning, Access to education
- 3[intransitive] attend (to somebody/something) (formal) to pay attention to what somebody is saying or to what you are doing She hadn't been attending during the lesson.
- 4[transitive] attend something (formal) to happen at the same time as something She dislikes the loss of privacy that attends TV celebrity.
- 5[transitive] attend somebody (formal) to be with somebody and help them The President was attended by several members of his staff. Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘apply one's mind or energies to’): from Old French atendre, from Latin attendere, from ad-
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BrE BrE//əˈtend//; NAmE NAmE//əˈtend//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they attend
BrE BrE//əˈtend//; NAmE NAmE//əˈtend//he / she / it attends
BrE BrE//əˈtendz//; NAmE NAmE//əˈtendz//past simple attended
BrE BrE//əˈtendɪd//; NAmE NAmE//əˈtendɪd//past participle attended
BrE BrE//əˈtendɪd//; NAmE NAmE//əˈtendɪd//-ing form attending
BrE BrE//əˈtendɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//əˈtendɪŋ//Business meetings, Teaching and learning, Access to education