attendance

noun
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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Others submitted early decision applications; early decision is a binding program that requires applicants to pledge their attendance to a school if accepted. James Wellemeyer, Teen Vogue, "Applying to College Early Is a Privilege Not Every Student Can Afford," 20 Mar. 2019 Their attendance is for a charity gala supporting Sentebale, the prince's organization supporting children affected by HIV in Africa. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Is Covered in Sequins with a Stunning Roland Mouret Dress," 16 Jan. 2019 Every time there was an update about his royal wedding attendance, Thomas gave a statement to TMZ. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Meghan Markle Reportedly Didn't Listen to the Queen About the Drama With Her Dad," 20 Dec. 2018 Basel Miami occurs every December and is known for luxury, excess, and parties — and for its attendance by wealthy collectors not only from North and South America, but also European collectors looking to escape the cold. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "Parties, private jets, and multimillion-dollar paintings: Art Basel, explained," 6 Dec. 2018 Several big names cancelled their attendance amid the international outrage over Khashoggi’s death, including JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser and the International Monetary Fund’s managing director, Christine Lagarde. Aya Batrawy, The Seattle Times, "Saudi forum highlights crown prince’s shifting fortunes," 23 Oct. 2018 While her attendance may seem out of the ordinary, Anderson isn’t an unlikely Paris Fashion Week guest. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Of Course Pamela Anderson Sat Front Row at Chanel’s Beach-Themed Show," 2 Oct. 2018 Attendees are being asked to not publicize the workshop or their attendance. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "SpaceX organizes inaugural conference to plan landings on Mars," 6 Aug. 2018 Bill Schulz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel The world's largest music festival had its smallest attendance in at least a quarter-century this year. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Summerfest in Milwaukee reports lowest attendance in at least 25 years," 13 July 2018

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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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attendance

noun

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.

attendance

noun
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.

attendance

noun
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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