Definition of attend verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    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
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  1. 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. 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. 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. 4[transitive] attend something (formal) to happen at the same time as something She dislikes the loss of privacy that attends TV celebrity.
  5. 5[transitive] attend somebody (formal) to be with somebody and help them The President was attended by several members of his staff.
  6. Word OriginMiddle English (in the sense ‘apply one's mind or energies to’): from Old French atendre, from Latin attendere, from ad- ‘to’ + tendere ‘stretch’.Extra examples He was invited to attend a seminar in Paris. Her lectures were generally rather sparsely attended. The event was well attended. to attend church regularly. He regularly attends the local mosque. Over 600 people attended the conference. Several members were unable to attend. She attended the college one day a week. She flew home to attend her father’s funeral. She hadn’t been attending during the lesson. The Senator was invited to attend, but he declined. The children attended the local school. The lecture was attended by most of the faculty. The patients all attend the clinic monthly. Phrasal Verbsattend to somebody
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