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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The Marlins set a new record-low attendance Wednesday night by drawing just 5,265 fans. Matthew Defranks,, "Marlins beat Brewers in 12 innings in front of record-low crowd," 12 July 2018 Or does attendance drop off as galleries curtail activity for the season? Charles Desmarais,, "Summer exhibition at Hosfelt Gallery a monstrous affair," 6 July 2018 The Miami Fusion played from 1998-2001, folding because of poor attendance. Tim Reynolds, Pro Soccer USA, "David Beckham lobbying to build MLS stadium on public golf course land," 4 July 2018 With attendees drawn from a variety of local subcommunities — the church, the school system, the neighborhood association — Eisenberg said 2018 had doubled last year’s attendance, at least as measured by snow cone consumption. Brian Contreras, San Antonio Express-News, "Communities come together across San Antonio to celebrate the Fourth," 4 July 2018 The maximum limit for a Parent PLUS loan is the cost of attendance (determined by the school) minus any other financial aid received. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Students aren't the only ones crushed by school debt," 11 July 2018 In their diaries, Bostonians of the 1800s described being part of the crowds at concerts as part of the pleasure of attendance. Nancy Baym, WIRED, "Book Excerpt: How Music Fans Built the Internet," 10 July 2018 Georgia law requires school vaccinations for attendance unless a parent or guardian provides a religious or temporary medical exemption form. Arlinda Smith Broady, ajc, "Four questions about back-to-school vaccinations," 10 July 2018 Students generally can borrow up to their cost of attendance. Cheryl Winokur Munk, WSJ, "Should a Parent or Student Take Out the College Loan?," 8 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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19 Oct 2018

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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.


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Medical Definition of attendance 

: service at a hospital a physician in attendance

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