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 Nearly 500 women and several men, representing a variety of industries and professions were in attendance. Houston Chronicle, "HomeAid receives contributions to mark end of 2019," 7 Jan. 2020 The uncertainty brought on by political tensions between the U.S. and China as well as difficulties obtaining U.S. visas are contributing to the drop-off in attendance from Chinese companies. Naomi Xu Elegant, Fortune, "CES 2020 Kickoff Highlights the Decoupling of U.S. and China’s Tech," 7 Jan. 2020 Among those in attendance were teammates Ben Watson, Marcus Cannon, and Ja’Whaun Bentley. Nicole Yang,, "Devin and Jason McCourty put spotlight on criminal justice reform," 6 Jan. 2020 The bride’s mother Lisa Bonet and stepfather Jason Momoa were of course in attendance and couldn’t be prouder to celebrate the union. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Zoë Kravitz Finally Dropped The Gorgeous Wedding Photos We've Been Waiting On," 6 Jan. 2020 His opening monologue was downright sacrilegious to those in attendance. Paul Daugherty,, "Doc's Morning Line: Chuck Machock was a coach, shrink and is in the local radio pantheon," 6 Jan. 2020 Also, in attendance are Nora and her husband, the scholar. Longreads, "Jersey Girl," 2 Jan. 2020 In 1904: New York’s Times Square saw its first New Year’s Eve celebration, with an estimated 200,000 people in attendance. oregonlive, "Outlaw is out as Portland’s chief: Morning Briefing for Tuesday, Dec. 31," 31 Dec. 2019 Roughly 37 million people typically tune in to watch the parade and 700,000 were in attendance last year. Gabrielle Canon, USA TODAY, "Watching the Rose Parade on New Year's Day? One float will honor family caregivers with message of hope," 31 Dec. 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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12 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Attendance.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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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.


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Medical Definition of attendance

: service at a hospital a physician in attendance

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