Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French atendre, from Latin attendere, literally, to stretch to, from ad- + tendere to stretch — more at thin
Date: 14th century
1. to pay attention to
2. to look after ; take charge of <campsites…attended by park rangers — Jackson Rivers> 3. a. to go or stay with as a companion, nurse, or servant b. to visit professionally especially as a physician 4. archaic a. to wait for b. to be in store for 5. to be present with ; accompany 6. to be present at ; go to <attend law school> intransitive verb 1. to apply oneself <attend to your work> 2. to apply the mind or pay attention ; heed 3. a. to be ready for service <ministers who attend upon the king> b. to be present 4. obsolete wait, stay 5. to direct one's attention ; see <I'll attend to that> • attender noun
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.