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Definition of the verb attend to

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  1. get down to; pay attention to; take seriously
    • example: Attend to your duties, please
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • synonym of attend to: take to heart
    • antonym of attend to: neglect
    • more generic terms: bear in mind / mind = keep in mind
  2. work for or be a servant to
    • example: Sam cannot attend to Sue
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonyms of attend to: assist / attend / serve / wait on
    • more generic words: aid / assist / help = give help or assistance
    • more specific words:
      • valet = serve as a personal attendant to
      • fag = act as a servant for older boys, in British public schools

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Google previewA Dictionary of English Synonymes ... (1845)

by John Platts

ATTEND to, [attendo, L.] to regard with attention. Mind, [minnas, to remember, Sw. ] to observe ; to be disposed to regard with attention, submission, or obedience. Regard, [regarder, F.] to look upon with concern, estimation, or affection ; to have ...

Google previewA Biographical Encyclopedia of Contemporary Genocide: Portraits of Evil and Good (2012)

by Paul R. Bartrop

practical, capacity-building business to attend to; and, finally (5) that there is unfinished political business to attend to. The 2001 International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty was not the only commission of inquiry on which ...

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Quotes about Attend to

We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be. (Jane Austen)
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