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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ATTEND

"I'll attend to these things, ma," said Percival, rather suddenly.

As for the boys, not one of them promised to attend; but neither did they refuse.

Messenio announces an auction and invites the spectators to attend.

Now every man to his station; be prompt, and be silent, and attend to the word of command.

Say, Stilly, I'm off uptown to attend to the emptiness in this stone utensil.

Why, then, should one child be allowed to attend and the other not?

Why should I subject you to entreaties which I refused to attend to myself?

The Bank will open the door and attend to the contents of the box at the proper time.

Is he to attend to the house and cook his meals as well as look after the shop?

My best wishes will for ever attend the dear, the ever-dear lady!

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, "to direct one's mind or energies," from Old French atendre (12c., Modern French attendre) "to expect, wait for, pay attention," and directly from Latin attendere "give heed to," literally "to stretch toward," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + tendere "stretch" (see tenet). The notion is of "stretching" one's mind toward something. Sense of "take care of, wait upon" is from early 14c. Meaning "to pay attention" is early 15c.; that of "to be in attendance" is mid-15c. Related: Attended; attending.

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