attend Definition

  • 1be present at (an event, meeting, or function)
  • 2go regularly to (a school, church, or clinic)

Using attend: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "attend" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I will attend the conference next week.

  • Example

    She attends a yoga class every Saturday.

  • Example

    He attended medical school in the United States.

  • Example

    We need to attend to the urgent matters first.

attend Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for attend

  • join
  • be present at
  • appear at
  • show up at
  • participate in
  • enroll in
  • register for
  • take part in

Antonyms for attend

Phrases with attend

  • deal with or take care of (a matter or task)


    I need to attend to some urgent business before I can leave.

  • wait on or serve (someone) as a servant or attendant


    The butler attended on the guests throughout the evening.

  • accompany or wait upon (someone), especially as a sign of respect


    The queen was attended upon by her ladies-in-waiting.

Origins of attend

from Old French 'atendre', meaning 'to wait for'


Summary: attend in Brief

To 'attend' [əˈtɛnd] means to be present at an event, meeting, or function, or to go regularly to a school, church, or clinic. It is often used in phrases like 'attend to' to mean dealing with or taking care of a matter or task. 'Attend' has formal synonyms like 'participate in' and 'be present at,' and informal synonyms like 'show up at' and 'join.'

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