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ATTEND', L. attendo ad and tendo, to stretch, to tend. See Tend.

1. To go with, or accompany, as a companion, minister or servant.
2. To be present to accompany or be united to as a cold attended with fever.
3. To be present for some duty, implying charge or oversight to wait on as, the physician or the nurse attends the sick.
4. To be present in business to be in company from curiosity, or from some connection in affairs as, lawyers or spectators attend a court.
5. To be consequent to, from connection of cause as, a measure attended with effects.
6. To await to remain, abide or be in store for as, happiness or misery attends us after death.
7. To wait for to lie in wait.
8. To wait or stay for.

Three days I promised to attend my doom.

9. To accompany with solicitude to regard.

Their hunger thus appeased, their care attends.

The doubtful fortune of their absent friends.

10. To regard to fix the mind upon.

The pilot doth not attend the unskillful words of the passenger.

This is not now a legitimate sense. To express this idea, we now use the verb intransitively, with to, attend to.

11. To expect. Not in use.


1. To listen to regard with attention followed by to.

Attend to the voice of my supplication. Psalms 86 .

Hence much used in the imperative, attend!

2. To regard with observation, and correspondent practice.

My son, attend to my words.

Hence, to regard with compliance.

He hath attended to the voice of my prayer. Psalms 64 .

3. To fix the attention upon, as an object of pursuit to be busy or engaged in as, to attend to the study of the scriptures.
4. To wait on to accompany or be present, in pursuance of duty with on or upon as, to attend upon a committee to attend upon business. Hence,
5. To wait on, in service or worship to serve.

That ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction.

1 Corinthians 7 .

6. To stay to delay. Obs.

For this perfection she must yet attend,

Till to her maker she espoused be.

7. To wait to be within call.

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Dictionary of Words from the King James Bible. Public Domain. Copy freely.
Material presented was supplied by Brandon Staggs and was derived from the KJV Dictionary found on his website located at
The unabridged 1828 version of this dictionary in the SwordSearcher Bible Software.

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Entry for 'Attend'. King James Dictionary.

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