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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] [ant: miss]
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 ovation"
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]

User Contributed Dictionary



From atendre ( attendre).



  1. To be at an event.
    Failing to attend the meeting nearly cost her her job.
  2. To pay attention to; to commit oneself to; to give thought and care to.

Derived terms


to be at an event
  • Finnish: osallistua, olla läsnä
  • German: teilnehmen, besuchen
  • Hungarian: eljár, jár
to pay attention to; to commit oneself to; to give thought and care to



Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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