2. To accompany or be present or near at hand, in pursuance of duty; to be ready for service; to wait or
be in waiting; often followed by on or upon.
He was required to attend upon the committee.
3. (with to) To take charge of; to look after; as, to attend to a matter of business.
4. To wait; to stay; to delay. [Obs.]
For this perfection she must yet attend,
Till to her Maker she espoused be.
Sir J. Davies.
Syn. To Attend, Listen, Hearken. We attend with a view to hear and learn; we listen with fixed
attention, in order to hear correctly, or to consider what has been said; we hearken when we listen with
a willing mind, and in reference to obeying.
(At*tend"ance) n. [OE. attendance, OF. atendance, fr. atendre, F. attendre. See Attend,
1. Attention; regard; careful application. [Obs.]
Till I come, give attendance to reading.
1 Tim. iv. 13.
2. The act of attending; state of being in waiting; service; ministry; the fact of being present; presence.
Constant attendance at church three times a day.
3. Waiting for; expectation. [Obs.]
Languishing attendance and expectation of death.
4. The persons attending; a retinue; attendants.
If your stray attendance by yet lodged.
(At*tend"an*cy) n. The quality of attending or accompanying; attendance; an attendant. [Obs.]
(At*tend"ant) a. [F. attendant, p. pr. of attendre. See Attend, v. t.]
1. Being present, or in the train; accompanying; in waiting.
From the attendant flotilla rang notes triumph.
Sir W. Scott.
Cherub and Seraph . . . attendant on their Lord.
2. Accompanying, connected with, or immediately following, as consequential; consequent; as, intemperance
with all its attendant evils.
The natural melancholy attendant upon his situation added to the gloom of the owner of the mansion.
3. (Law) Depending on, or owing duty or service to; as, the widow attendant to the heir. Cowell.
Attendant keys (Mus.), the keys or scales most nearly related to, or having most in common with, the
principal key; those, namely, of its fifth above, or dominant, its fifth below (fourth above), or subdominant,
and its relative minor or major.