1. One who attends or accompanies in any character whatever, as a friend, companion, servant, agent,
or suitor. "A train of attendants." Hallam.
2. One who is present and takes part in the proceedings; as, an attendant at a meeting.
3. That which accompanies; a concomitant.
[A] sense of fame, the attendant of noble spirits.
4. (Law) One who owes duty or service to, or depends on, another. Cowell.
(At*tend"e*ment) n. Intent. [Obs.] Spenser.
(At*tend"er) n. One who, or that which, attends.
(At*tend"ment) n. [Cf. OF. atendement.] An attendant circumstance. [Obs.]
The uncomfortable attendments of hell.
Sir T. Browne.
(At*tent") a. [L. attentus, p. p. of attendere. See Attend, v. t.] Attentive; heedful. [Archaic]
Let thine ears be attent unto the prayer.
2 Chron. vi. 40.
(At*tent"), n. Attention; heed. [Obs.] Spenser.
(At*ten"tate At*ten"tat) n. [L. attentatum, pl. attentata, fr. attentare to attempt: cf. F. attentat
criminal attempt. See Attempt.]
1. An attempt; an assault. [Obs.] Bacon.
2. (Law) (a) A proceeding in a court of judicature, after an inhibition is decreed. (b) Any step wrongly
innovated or attempted in a suit by an inferior judge.
(At*ten"tion) n. [L. attentio: cf. F. attention.]
1. The act or state of attending or heeding; the application of the mind to any object of sense, representation,
or thought; notice; exclusive or special consideration; earnest consideration, thought, or regard; obedient or
affectionate heed; the supposed power or faculty of attending.
They say the tongues of dying men
Enforce attention like deep harmony.
Attention is consciousness and something more. It is consciousness voluntarily applied, under its law of
limitations, to some determinate object; it is consciousness concentrated. Sir W. Hamilton.
2. An act of civility or courtesy; care for the comfort and pleasure of others; as, attentions paid to a stranger.
To pay attention to, To pay one's attentions to, to be courteous or attentive to; to wait upon as a
lover; to court.
Syn. Care; heed; study; consideration; application; advertence; respect; regard.
(At*ten"tive) a. [Cf. F. attentif.]
1. Heedful; intent; observant; regarding with care or attention.