at·ten·dance | \ ə-ˈten-dən(t)s \

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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Royal attendance at Wimbledon is a given, and has been for years. Kara Thompson, Town & Country, "Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall Sat Courtside at Wimbledon Today," 11 July 2018 The official paid attendance was 173,850 — of whom approximately 100 were Uruguayans — but because the stadium’s grandstands had no seats, the actual number might be closer to 210,000. Candace Rose Rardon, Longreads, "The Country Where Fútbol Comes First," 10 July 2018 From the same point as last season, attendance is down about 16.5 percent. Bobby Nightengale,, "Dick Williams: Cincinnati Reds planning to increase Major League payroll for 2019 season," 9 July 2018 Jensen reported June 23, 1969, that WOKY Vice President and General Manager Ralph Barnes reported the attendance for the four-hour concert was 29,041 — not bad for a drizzly afternoon. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "In its first years, Summerfest had its rock-fest rivals. One of them even booked Led Zeppelin.," 2 July 2018 For anyone interested in the art of stage acting, attendance is mandatory. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Girls & Boys': Theater Review," 28 June 2018 How Much: Registering in the parade costs $25, attendance is free. Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "Fireworks, parades and more fireworks! Check out these can’t-miss July 4 celebrations," 27 June 2018 In the borderlands of Nigeria, school attendance for girls is as much an act of war against Boko Haram as picking up a gun. Mark Sappenfield, The Christian Science Monitor, "Nigeria’s schoolgirl rebellion," 26 June 2018 On the other hand, MLS attendance is thriving in some cities. Tom Krasovic,, "A non-factor in Vegas, does Major League Soccer need to hit the books to have a shot?," 25 June 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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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 \

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.


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Medical Definition of attendance 

: service at a hospital a physician in attendance

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