Hypertext Webster Gateway: "attending"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Attend \At*tend"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Attended}; p. pr. & vb.
n. {Attending}.] [OE. atenden, OF. atendre, F. attendre, to
expect, to wait, fr. L. attendre to stretch, (sc. animum), to
apply the mind to; ad + tendere to stretch. See {Tend}.]
1. To direct the attention to; to fix the mind upon; to give
heed to; to regard. [Obs.]

The diligent pilot in a dangerous tempest doth not
attend the unskillful words of the passenger. --Sir
P. Sidney.

2. To care for; to look after; to take charge of; to watch

3. To go or stay with, as a companion, nurse, or servant; to
visit professionally, as a physician; to accompany or
follow in order to do service; to escort; to wait on; to

The fifth had charge sick persons to attend.

Attends the emperor in his royal court. --Shak.

With a sore heart and a gloomy brow, he prepared to
attend William thither. --Macaulay.

4. To be present with; to accompany; to be united or
consequent to; as, a measure attended with ill effects.

What cares must then attend the toiling swain.

5. To be present at; as, to attend church, school, a concert,
a business meeting.

6. To wait for; to await; to remain, abide, or be in store
for. [Obs.]

The state that attends all men after this. --Locke.

Three days I promised to attend my doom. --Dryden.

Syn: To {Attend}, {Mind}, {Regard}, {Heed}, {Notice}.

Usage: Attend is generic, the rest are specific terms. To
mind is to attend so that it may not be forgotten; to
regard is to look on a thing as of importance; to heed
is to attend to a thing from a principle of caution;
to notice is to think on that which strikes the
senses. --Crabb. See {Accompany}.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: being present at meeting or event [syn: {in attendance(p)}]
2: serving attendance on someone; "a ministering angel"; "the
angels ministrant sang"; "the attending physician" [syn: {ministering},
n 1: the process whereby a person concentrates on some features
of the environment to the (relative) exclusion of others
[syn: {attention}] [ant: {inattention}]
2: the act of being present (at a meeting or event etc.) [syn:
{attendance}] [ant: {nonattendance}]

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