attend to

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Related to attend to: of late, turn up
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.attend to - get down to; pay attention to; take seriously; "Attend to your duties, please"
bear in mind, mind - keep in mind
neglect, omit, leave out, pretermit, overleap, overlook, miss, drop - leave undone or leave out; "How could I miss that typo?"; "The workers on the conveyor belt miss one out of ten"
2.attend to - work for or be a servant toattend to - 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"
valet - serve as a personal attendant to
aid, assist, help - give help or assistance; be of service; "Everyone helped out during the earthquake"; "Can you help me carry this table?"; "She never helps around the house"
fag - act as a servant for older boys, in British public schools
serve - devote (part of) one's life or efforts to, as of countries, institutions, or ideas; "She served the art of music"; "He served the church"; "serve the country"


1. To occur as a consequence:
2. To be with or go with (another):
Obsolete: consort.
Idiom: go hand in hand with.
3. To work and care for:
4. To have the care and supervision of:
Idioms: keep an eye on, look out for, take care of, take under one's wing.
5. To perceive by ear, usually attentively:
Archaic: hearken.
Idiom: give one's ear.

w>attend to

vi +prep obj (= see to)sich kümmern um; (= pay attention to) work etcAufmerksamkeit schenken or widmen (+dat); (= listen to) teacher, sb’s remarkzuhören (+dat); (= heed) advice, warninghören auf (+acc), → Beachtung schenken (+dat); (= serve) customers etcbedienen; are you being attended to?werden Sie schon bedient?; that’s being attended todas wird (bereits) erledigt
References in classic literature ?
The fourth species [1293a] of democracy, the last which was established in order of time, arose when cities were greatly enlarged to what they were at first, and when the public revenue became something considerable; for then the populace, on account of their numbers, were admitted to share in the management of public affairs, for then even the poorest people were at leisure to attend to them, as they received wages for so doing; nay, they were more so than others, as they were not hindered by having anything of their own to mind, as the rich had; for which reason these last very often did not frequent the public assemblies and the courts of justice: thus the supreme power was lodged in the poor, and not in the laws.
I was so much indulged in my infant years that I was never obliged to attend to anything, and consequently am without the accomplishments which are now necessary to finish a pretty woman.
Oh, you bewitching little scamp, CAN'T you be quiet just a minute or two, and let your poor old uncle attend to a part of his duties?