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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Representatives from Twitter and Microsoft were also in attendance. Kurt Wagner, Fortune, "Facebook and Google Met With U.S. Intelligence About Online Security for the 2020 Presidential Election," 4 Sep. 2019 Hosting the event was Chris Evert, Alec Baldwin, and Katie Couric—the latter two would lead an auction as entertaining as an SNL segment—and in attendance were the likes of Vera Wang, Maxwell, Mike Tyson, and Tiki Barber. Vogue, "The USTA Foundation, Alec Baldwin, and More Kick Off the US Open With a Lively Fundraiser," 4 Sep. 2019 His campaign highlighted that more than 800 were in attendance, according to the fire marshal. Fox News, "Sanders, Warren avoid direct attacks during dueling events in 'must win' New Hampshire," 3 Sep. 2019 During Friday’s Braves game, the Fox Sports broadcast crew—with Chipper Jones in attendance—was given gloves, for some reason. Jon Tayler,, "MLB Is a Game of Extremes in 2019. What Does That Mean for the Sport's Future?," 3 Sep. 2019 And according to BuzzFeed News, members of the extremist far-right group the Proud Boys were in attendance. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "The Straight Pride Parade Was a Reminder that Queer Liberation Must Be Anti-Racist," 3 Sep. 2019 Through 10 years, the Connecticut Tigers have been as high as fifth, as low as 10th in the 14-team NY-Penn League in attendance, with a high of just over 2,300 fans per game in 2015 and ’16. Dom Amore,, "As season ends, Connecticut Tigers work to end political controversy, reboot and get back to business of baseball," 2 Sep. 2019 This year's competition marked 33 years for the annual event, which has grown to around 25,000 people in attendance. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "Travis Scott AstroWorld masterpiece wins best Houston-centric sandcastle at annual Galveston event," 2 Sep. 2019 When Ars attended the 49ers and Cowboys pre-season game for this piece August 23, Hung was a surprise fellow fan in attendance. David Kravets, Ars Technica, "How the NFL—not the NSA—is impacting data gathering well beyond the gridiron," 1 Sep. 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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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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