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 That event is now being eyed as a possible COVID-19 superspreader as more than two dozen people in attendance have contracted the virus. Jonathan Lemire And Aamer Madhani, Anchorage Daily News, "Defying public health guidelines, Trump makes first public appearance since his hospitalization," 10 Oct. 2020 The team drew over 400,000 fans in 2018 and again in 2019, leading the Eastern League in attendance both years. Mike Anthony,, "Mike Anthony: Hartford Yard Goats’ success sandwiched by two lost seasons," 10 Oct. 2020 President Trump hosted a gathering with reportedly somewhere between 300 and 400 people in attendance on Saturday on the South Lawn of the White House, marking his first public event since he was hospitalized after contracting COVID-19 last week. TheWeek, "Trump hosts first public event since COVID-19 diagnosis, says virus will 'disappear' with 'science, medicine'," 10 Oct. 2020 Around 40 people were in attendance at New England Church and heard from Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman, Deputy Chief Keith Cross, Mayor Richard Irvin and president of the Association of Professional Police Officers Lee Catavu. Megan Jones,, "Aurora residents speak with police officials about civilian review board, traffic stops, training during listening session," 9 Oct. 2020 Those in attendance helped pack and distribute PE at-home kits to over 1,000 children throughout South Florida. Gary Curreri,, "Homeschool program adds at-home PE kits," 9 Oct. 2020 In June, Fox, Croft and about a dozen others gathered in Dublin, Ohio, with a secret government cooperator in attendance, according to the U.S. David Welch,, "Six Are Charged in Plot to Kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer," 8 Oct. 2020 Freedia’s sister, Crystal, was in attendance with her young daughter. Keith Spera,, "Big Freedia's weekly Garden Cookout in City Park is more about Freedia than food," 8 Oct. 2020 All those in attendance are asked to wear a face mask or covering, observe proper social distancing and follow all COVID-19 guidance set forth by the State of Ohio, Cuyahoga County Board of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland, "Spirits come to life at Local Lore Ghost Walk: Talk of the Towns," 8 Oct. 2020

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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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16 Oct 2020

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“Attendance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 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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