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verb     attend pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participleattending
past tenseattended
past participleattended
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to be present at an event or activity

    Everyone in the office was expected to attend.

    I’ve voiced my opinion at every meeting I’ve attended.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to take care of someone, especially someone who is sick or someone in an important position

    She is attended by a 24-hour nursing staff.

  3. 3
    [transitive] very formal to exist along with something else, or to happen as a result of it

    The occasion was attended by a mood of sadness.

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