at·​ten·​dance | \ ə-ˈten-dən(t)s How to pronounce attendance (audio) \

Definition of attendance

1 : the act or fact of attending something or someone a physician in attendance Attendance at the meeting is mandatory.
2a : the persons or number of persons attending something Attendance at the soccer games has been increasing. also : an account of persons attending The teacher took attendance [=made a record of who was present] before starting class.
b : the number of times a person attends a student who has perfect attendance [=a student who has been present at every class]

Examples of attendance in a Sentence

The team wants to double attendance at its games this season. Attendance is down so far this season. Museum attendances in the city have been increasing in recent years. Her grades are good, but how's her attendance?
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Recent Examples on the Web

Its average attendance of 5,910 is good for 11th in the league, out of 36 teams. Shawn Mcfarland,, "Ahead of Dillon Stadium home opener, Hartford Athletic look forward to permanent home and a different environment," 10 July 2019 O'Keefe confirmed his attendance and defended his tactics this week. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump looks to rally controversial online allies at White House social media summit," 10 July 2019 O’Keefe confirmed his attendance and defended his tactics this week. Amy B Wang, Washington Post, "Trump looks to rally controversial online allies at White House social media summit," 9 July 2019 The move to the speedway will allow the festival to increase its attendance and take advantage of the recent $400 million renovations done at the new location. Taylor Mims, Billboard, "Welcome to Rockville Plots Move to Daytona Int'l Speedway in 2020," 8 July 2019 The bottom line is our attendance has been capped at 135 000 for the last few years, and the cost to put on the show hasn’t been capped. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Comic-Con is staying in San Diego — at least through 2024," 5 July 2019 Neither have confirmed their attendance, according to the committee. Jasmine Aguilera, Time, "Drawings by Migrant Children Depict Conditions in Border Patrol Detention Facilities," 5 July 2019 Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan from DHS and Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan from CBP have both been invited to testify July 12, but neither has confirmed his attendance, the announcement said. Cody Boteler,, "'I am ashamed': Crowd gathers in Catonsville to protest Trump border policy, urge Congress to act," 2 July 2019 Members share news stories about Sanders, and each day, the moderators announce his speeches and schedule, like his attendance at the Walmart shareholders meeting in June. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Bernie Sanders is winning the internet. Will it win him the White House?," 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of attendance

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for attendance

see attend

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13 Jul 2019

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English Language Learners Definition of attendance

: the number of people present at an event, meeting, etc.
: the act of being present at a place
: a record of how often a person goes to classes, meetings, etc.


at·​ten·​dance | \ ə-ˈten-dəns How to pronounce attendance (audio) \

Kids Definition of attendance

1 : presence at a place Attendance is required.
2 : a record of how often a person is present at a place These students have perfect attendance.
3 : the number of people present Attendance is up at the theater.


at·​ten·​dance | \ ə-ˈten-dən(t)s How to pronounce attendance (audio) \

Medical Definition of attendance

: service at a hospital a physician in attendance

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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