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 An uncle of Marcano spoke directly to the hundreds in attendance, calling onthem to advocate for laws to be strengthened to better protect renters to prevent something similar from happening to anybody else. Angie Dimichele,, 14 Oct. 2021 Abbey Farms Chief Operating Officer Adam Voirin said Pumpkin Daze is currently in its 13th season and is looking for a strong boost in attendance this year. David Sharos,, 14 Oct. 2021 Musselman plans to have 500 - no, make that 1,000 - breakfast burritos from Sonic available for the students in attendance. Mark Heim |, al, 13 Oct. 2021 Following the hit that sent fans in attendance and the thousands watching the game on T.V. into a frenzy, much has been made about the style of play Burrow will have moving forward. Kelsey Conway, The Enquirer, 13 Oct. 2021 Fans threw batteries and liquor bottles at Dodgers outfielders, poured beer on Dodgers fans in attendance and climbed an outfield fence, taking part of it down and nearly leading umpires to cancel the second game of a doubleheader. Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 Oct. 2021 Manhattan debut comes as movie theaters across the country are finally starting to see a meaningful uptick in attendance. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 13 Oct. 2021 At least two top city officials who attended that meeting, and other Assembly meetings where most of the people in attendance weren’t wearing masks, have since tested positive for COVID-19. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, 13 Oct. 2021 Irving did not play and was not in attendance for the Nets’ preseason home opener against Milwaukee on Friday. Adam Zagoria, Forbes, 12 Oct. 2021

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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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17 Oct 2021

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“Attendance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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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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