- vt. 出席；上（大学等）；照料；招待；陪伴
- vi. 出席；致力于；照料；照顾
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1. at- "to" + tend-.
2. literally "stretch toward".
3. => give attention to, expect, wait for, pay attention, take care of, wait upon.
4. The notion is of "stretching" one's mind toward something.
- attend:  Etymologically, attend means ‘stretch to’. It comes originally from Latin attendere, a compound verb formed from the prefix ad- ‘to’ and tendere ‘stretch’ (a descendant of an Indo-European base *ten-, *ton- ‘stretch’ which also produced, among others, Latin tenēre ‘hold’ – source of English contain, maintain, obtain, etc – and English tendon, thin, and tone).
By metaphorical extension ‘stretch to’ became ‘direct one’s attention to’, which was the original meaning of the verb in Old French atendre and subsequently in English. The sense ‘take care of’ developed in the 15th century, ‘be present’ much later, in the 17th century. The noun derivative attention  comes from Latin attentiō. Tend meaning ‘look after’ comes mainly from attend, but also partly from intend, in both cases with loss of the first syllable.
=> contain, maintain, obtain, tendon, thin, tone
- attend (v.)
- 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.
- 1. Representatives from across the horse industry will attend the meeting.
- 2. Syria will attend only if the negotiations deal with issues of substance.
- 3. All three are Chelsea fans, and attend all home games together.
- 4. The president suggested that a UN observer should attend the conference.
- 5. The Syrians have not yet accepted an invitation to attend.
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