Meaning of “attend” in the English Dictionary

"attend" in British English

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uk /əˈtend/ us /əˈtend/

attend verb (BE PRESENT)

B1 [ I or T ] to go to an event, place, etc.:

Over two hundred people attended the funeral.
The meeting is on the fifth and we're hoping everyone will attend.
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B1 [ T ] to go officially and usually regularly to a place:

Which school do your children attend?
I attended the classes/seminars/lectures for a month or two.

More examples

  • Are you confident that enough people will attend the event?
  • You are cordially invited to attend our annual wine-tasting evening.
  • Would everyone who wishes to attend the dinner let me know by Friday afternoon?
  • All pupils are expected to attend school assembly.
  • I don't think there's any need for all of us to attend the meeting.

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(Definition of “attend” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"attend" in American English

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attendverb [ I/T ]

us /əˈtend/

to be at an event or go to a place:

[ T ] She attends classes on Tuesdays.
[ I ] You don’t have to attend if you don’t want to.

(Definition of “attend” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"attend" in Business English

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attendverb [ I or T ]

uk /əˈtend/ us

MEETINGS to go to a place or an event:

According to recent research, the busy British professional attends nearly 60 meetings a month.
a summit attended by prominent world leaders
It was an important meeting and the whole department was expected to attend.

Phrasal verb(s)

(Definition of “attend” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)