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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That number dwarfed attendance for Trump’s inauguration, which a crowd scientist estimated as between 300,000 and 600,000 people. Li Zhou, Vox, "12 charts that explain the record-breaking year women have had in politics," 6 Nov. 2018 Emily was in attendance at the MOETxVIRGIL launch party in NYC, alongside fellow Victoria’s Secret models such as Elsa Hosk, Jasmine Tookes, and one of this year’s new additions to the cast, Winnie Harlow, among others. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Emily Ratajkowski Went Braless in a Monse Top For the MOETxVIRGIL Launch Party," 17 Oct. 2018 During her time as president of the WNBA, Borders is credited with helping to increase television viewership and attendance. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Time's Up Picks WNBA's Lisa Borders as Its First-Ever President and CEO," 2 Oct. 2018 Room and board range from about $12,000 to as high as $20,000 — pushing the total yearly college attendance price higher. Morgan Lee, Fox News, "Small private US college slashes tuition by $17K annually," 12 Sep. 2018 As the attendance grew over the years, so did the man, towering as high as 105 feet. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "The Vanishing City," 13 Aug. 2018 According to the organizers, this year's show was once again an attendance record-breaker. Aaron Zimmerman, Ars Technica, "The hottest new board games from Gen Con 2018," 11 Aug. 2018 An empty parking lot, students bumbling in and out of an attendance office, children bouncing a ball around a blacktop. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "What Littleton Learned," 1 Aug. 2018 However, the company said strong attendance and revenue trends at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, Calif., which is open all year, continued through the July 4 holiday weekend. Colin Kellaher And, WSJ, "Cedar Fair Reports Slower-Than-Expected Start to Key Season," 11 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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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.


at·​ten·​dance | \ə-ˈten-dən(t)s \

Medical Definition of attendance 

: service at a hospital a physician in attendance

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