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v. at·tend·ed, at·tend·ing, at·tends
a. To be present at: attended the lecture.
b. To go regularly to: attended class every Tuesday and Thursday.
2. To accompany as a circumstance or follow as a result: The speech was attended by wild applause.
a. To take care of (a sick person, for example). See Synonyms at tend2.
b. To accompany or wait upon as a companion or servant.
4. To take charge of: They attended our affairs during our absence.
5. To listen to; heed: attended my every word.
6. Archaic To wait for; expect.
1. To be present, as at a scheduled event.
2. To take care; give attention: We'll attend to that problem later.
3. To apply or direct oneself; take action: attended to their business.
4. To pay attention: attended disinterestedly to the debate.
5. To remain ready to serve; wait.
6. Obsolete To delay or wait.

[Middle English attenden, from Old French atendre, from Latin attendere, to heed : ad-, ad- + tendere, to stretch; see ten- in Indo-European roots.]

at·tend′er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.attender - someone who listens attentivelyattender - someone who listens attentively  
audience - a gathering of spectators or listeners at a (usually public) performance; "the audience applauded"; "someone in the audience began to cough"
beholder, observer, perceiver, percipient - a person who becomes aware (of things or events) through the senses
eavesdropper - a secret listener to private conversations
2.attender - someone who waits on or tends to or attends to the needs of anotherattender - someone who waits on or tends to or attends to the needs of another
companion - one paid to accompany or assist or live with another
assistant, helper, help, supporter - a person who contributes to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose; "my invaluable assistant"; "they hired additional help to finish the work"
baggageman - an attendant who takes care of baggage
batman - an orderly assigned to serve a British military officer
bellboy, bellhop, bellman - someone employed as an errand boy and luggage carrier around hotels
bridesmaid, maid of honor - an unmarried woman who attends the bride at a wedding
caddie, golf caddie - an attendant who carries the golf clubs for a player
checker - an attendant who checks coats or baggage
courtier - an attendant at the court of a sovereign
cupbearer - the attendant (usually an officer of a nobleman's household) whose duty is to fill and serve cups of wine
equerry - a personal attendant of the British royal family
escort - an attendant who is employed to accompany someone
esquire - (Middle Ages) an attendant and shield bearer to a knight; a candidate for knighthood
famulus - a close attendant (as to a scholar)
gillie - a young male attendant on a Scottish Highlander chief
groomsman - a male attendant of the bridegroom at a wedding
lifeguard, lifesaver - an attendant employed at a beach or pool to protect swimmers from accidents
linkboy, linkman - (formerly) an attendant hired to carry a torch for pedestrians in dark streets
loader - an attendant who loads guns for someone shooting game
matron of honor - a married woman serving as the attendant to the bride at a wedding
hospital attendant, orderly - a male hospital attendant who has general duties that do not involve the medical treatment of patients
orderly - a soldier who serves as an attendant to a superior officer; "the orderly laid out the general's uniform"
varlet, page - in medieval times a youth acting as a knight's attendant as the first stage in training for knighthood
page - a youthful attendant at official functions or ceremonies such as legislative functions and weddings
racker - an attendant who puts pool or billiard balls into a rack
rocker - an attendant who rocks a child in a cradle
second - the official attendant of a contestant in a duel or boxing match
servitor - someone who performs the duties of an attendant for someone else
squire - young nobleman attendant on a knight
gallant, squire - a man who attends or escorts a woman
flight attendant, steward - an attendant on an airplane
litter-bearer, stretcher-bearer - one who helps carry a stretcher
trainbearer - one who holds up the train of a gown or robe on a ceremonial occasion
arouser, rouser, waker - someone who rouses others from sleep
3.attender - a person who is present and participates in a meetingattender - a person who is present and participates in a meeting; "he was a regular attender at department meetings"; "the gathering satisfied both organizers and attendees"
conventioneer - someone who attends a convention
participant - someone who takes part in an activity
partygoer - someone who is attending a party; "the hall was crowded with an overflow of partygoers"
symposiast - someone who participates in a symposium
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