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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But although Saturday marks the third Women's March, attendance is projected to be much lower than the previous two years. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "A Timeline of the Women's March Controversy," 18 Jan. 2019 Parents at some schools said attendance appeared to be low Monday, but official numbers were not immediately available. Christopher Weber, The Seattle Times, "Parents wonder if kids are learning amid Los Angeles strike," 14 Jan. 2019 In order to manage expected attendance as the new Star Wars land opens this summer, ticket prices will increase up to 7 to 10 percent. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Disneyland Admission Prices Will Be Increasing Ahead Of Star Wars Land Opening," 9 Jan. 2019 After the second-annual edition in January, Vox reported that attendance still numbered in the millions. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "5 Protest Tactics We Loved in 2018," 29 Dec. 2018 Another pilot uses Moscow's medical data and school attendance data to predict virus outbreaks in schools. Dan Rosenbaum, Ars Technica, "All hail the AI overlord: Smart cities and the AI Internet of Things," 7 Dec. 2018 But Philip's lack of attendance today shouldn't be cause for concern. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Why Prince Philip Wasn't in Attendance at This Morning's National Service of Remembrance," 11 Nov. 2018 Beatrice's BFF Karlie Kloss was also in attendance. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Princess Beatrice Is Dating Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi—Here's What You Need to Know About Him," 8 Jan. 2019 Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were also in attendance. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pippa Middleton Sports the Cutest White Bikini in St. Barts with Her Family," 3 Jan. 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 \

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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