To be present at: attended class. To accompany as a circumstance or follow as a result: The speech was attended by wild applause. To accompany or wait upon as a companion or servant. To take care of (a sick person, for example). See Synonyms at tend2. To take charge of: They attended our affairs during our absence. To listen to; heed: attended my every word. Archaic To wait for; expect. To be present. To take care; give attention: We'll attend to that problem later. To apply or direct oneself: attended to their business. To pay attention: attended disinterestedly to the debate. To remain ready to serve; wait. Obsolete To delay or wait.