attend

The verb attend means to be present, to listen, or give care or attention to. You can attend your family reunion, attend to a project you've been ignoring, or attend to your teacher's voice.

When you use attend as "pay attention" or "take care of," it's followed by "to." When you use attend as in "attend a party," you don't. If you attend a political rally, you'll want to attend to what the politicians have to say. When you take attendance, you are checking which students have chosen to attend class, i.e. who is in attendance.

Definitions of attend
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v be present at (meetings, church services, university), etc.

“She attends class regularly”
“I rarely attend services at my church”
Synonyms:
go to
Antonyms:
miss
fail to attend an event or activity
Types:
sit in
attend as a visitor
worship
attend religious services
offer, offer up
present as an act of worship
Type of:
be
occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere

v give heed (to)

“The children in the audience attended the recital quietly”
“They attended to everything he said”
Synonyms:
advert, give ear, hang, pay heed
Types:
fixate
pay attention to exclusively and obsessively
Type of:
listen
hear with intention

v to accompany as a circumstance or follow as a result

“Menuhin's playing was attended by a 15-minute standing ovation”
Type of:
accompany, attach to, come with, go with
be present or associated with an event or entity

v take charge of or deal with

“I must attend to this matter”
Synonyms:
look, see, take care
Types:
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minister
attend to the wants and needs of others
tend
have care of or look after
garden
work in the garden
shepherd
tend as a shepherd, as of sheep or goats
Type of:
care, give care
provide care for

v work for or be a servant to

“She attends the old lady in the wheelchair”
Synonyms:
assist, attend to, serve, wait on
serve
devote (part of) one's life or efforts to, as of countries, institutions, or ideas
Types:
valet
serve as a personal attendant to
fag
act as a servant for older boys, in British public schools
Type of:
aid, assist, help
give help or assistance; be of service