atender a

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atender a
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (to comply to)
a. to meet
El director de una empresa no solo da órdenes, también debe atender a muchas responsabilidades.The director of a company not only gives orders, he must also meet many responsibilities.
b. to fulfill
Los servicios sociales le quitaron a sus hijos porque no atendió a sus obligaciones como madre.Social services took away her children because she didn't fulfill her obligations as a mother.
c. to take care of
Es el maestro de ceremonias quien atiende a todos los detalles protocolarios.It's the master of ceremonies who takes care of all protocol details.
2. (to consider)
a. to bear in mind
Decidimos ampliar nuestros servicios atendiendo a las necesidades de nuestros clientes.We decided to expand our services bearing in mind our customers' needs.
b. to take into account
El tratamiento del paciente se determina atendiendo al grado de agresividad de su cáncer.The patient's treatment is determined taking into account the aggressiveness of their cancer.
c. to go by
Atendiendo a las cifras de ventas, se diría que nuestra campaña publicitaria ha sido todo un éxito.Going by sales figures, it would seem that our advertising campaign has been a success.
d.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Las decisiones se tomaron atendiendo a los resultados de la encuesta.Decisions were made based on the results of the survey.
La policía reabrió el caso atendiendo a la aparición de nuevas pruebas.The police reopened the case in response to new evidence.
3. (to be attentive to)
a. to pay attention to
Carlos, deja de hablar y atiende a lo que digo. - Sí, profesora.Carlos, stop talking and pay attention to what I'm saying. - Yes, teacher.
4. (to provide a service to)
a. to serve
Mi esposo y yo tenemos un restaurante. Él es el cocinero y yo atiendo a los clientes.My husband and I have a restaurant. He is the cook and I serve customers.
b. to attend to
No deben olvidar que la prioridad del personal de la tienda es atender a los clientes.You shouldn't forget that the priority of the store staff is to attend to customers.
c. to see
El médico no atendió al paciente en el hospital, sino en su consulta privada.The doctor didn't see the patient at the hospital, but at his private practice.
d. to look after
Dos enfermeras se turnan para atender a mi abuela día y noche.Two nurses take turns looking after my grandmother day and night.
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