Definition of attendance in English:



mass noun
  • 1The action or state of going regularly to or being present at a place or event.

    ‘my attendance at church was very patchy’
    • ‘The aim was to make the youngsters more motivated and improve their attendance at school.’
    • ‘The purpose of his attendance at the rally was simply to threaten Londoners further.’
    • ‘Failure to secure regular school attendance of a registered pupil is already a criminal offence for parents.’
    • ‘She said the poor attendance of civil servants at work was an example of the lack of professionalism.’
    • ‘The racecourse is offering half price entrance to anyone who also books attendance at any other York raceday.’
    • ‘Her attendance at last week's conference was clearly influenced by her desire to set the record straight.’
    • ‘Traditionally it was one of the times when attendance at church was more or less expected.’
    • ‘His attendance at the Doha meeting is a sign of how seriously the French are taking the issue.’
    • ‘As the organisers must have feared, the attendance at such events is a matter of habit.’
    • ‘Consultation data were checked against records of attendance at the practice.’
    • ‘But regular school attendance is vital if young people are to achieve their full potential.’
    • ‘The report also advised the school to continue to work on improving pupils' attendance and punctuality.’
    • ‘Schools are expected to put systems in place to monitor and promote attendance.’
    • ‘His crime was attendance at the university without being properly matriculated.’
    • ‘Teachers claim the activities have had a noticeable effect on improved pupil behaviour and attendance.’
    • ‘His increasing workload had made attendance at council meetings and ward duties impossible.’
    • ‘In our house, there were a handful of books, mainly given as prizes for perfect attendance at Sunday School.’
    • ‘Her attendance at court had to be secured by a witness summons and a threat of arrest.’
    • ‘However, he does have an exemplary record in council meeting attendance.’
    • ‘Children will be awarded points for good behaviour, attendance and educational attainment.’
    • ‘There had been so much hope put on his attendance at the institutions of higher learning.’
    • ‘It involves attendance at weekly two-hour workshops for a period of seven weeks.’
    • ‘Veterans turning up for the event should also confirm their attendance with Mr Hudson.’
    • ‘It goes on to say that the teachers can help in promoting and enforcing school attendance.’
    • ‘The company has been recognising perfect attendances in its employees for over 20 years.’
    • ‘There is no evidence that any attempt was made to obtain their attendance at court.’
    presence, appearance, attending, being there
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    1. 1.1count noun The number of people present at a particular place or event.
      ‘she is being blamed for the museum's low attendances’
      • ‘The attendance at quizzes and debates has been two or three times higher than the norm for education sessions.’
      • ‘The annual attendance at the accident and emergency department did not increase over the two years of the audit.’
      • ‘Headteacher Bernard Wright says the increase is partly due to better attendance at exams.’
      • ‘Lower attendances mean less money; less money means no new players etc.’
      • ‘Special train services were put on to ensure maximum attendance for the event.’
      • ‘There was a very large attendance at the ceremony which was held in the open air.’
      • ‘The attendance at the meeting was the biggest since the group was set up in March 1986.’
      • ‘Everybody will have their own theory about a 25,000 drop in attendances over a five-year period.’
      • ‘There was a very fine attendance at the Christmas Eve Mass which ended on the stroke of midnight.’
      • ‘The large attendance at the funeral was indicative of her popularity in the local area.’
      • ‘A recent seminar on the subject that it held in Edinburgh drew twice the normal attendance for similar events.’
      • ‘Firstly, lower division clubs generally attract much lower attendances, and crowd densities are much lower.’
      • ‘The big attendance at the her funeral was an indication of the high esteem in which she was held by all.’
      • ‘The first weekend game there produced the largest attendance at a Saturday game in the club's history.’
      • ‘Isn't it also ironic that though church attendances are in decline there appears to be a move to increase the number of church schools.’
      • ‘He said attendances at annual electors' meetings have decreased ever since.’
      • ‘With the weather also playing its part it was a great day for the many family outings that swelled the attendances at all parades.’
      • ‘What we cannot rely on any more is solidly predictable attendance at uninteresting concerts.’
      • ‘There are theories about why attendances are on the decline.’
      • ‘With the largest attendance so far this annual event is proving very popular indeed.’
      audience, turnout, number present, house, gate
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  • in attendance

    • 1Present at a function or a place.

      ‘some 200 were in attendance at the fourteenth reunion’
      • ‘Representatives of other faiths will also be in attendance including members of the Muslim community.’
      • ‘Santa Claus was as usual in attendance with plenty of presents for the large number of children.’
      • ‘Some of those in attendance were people I hadn't seen since the last World Cup.’
      • ‘Today, at Portman Road, the new manager of England will be in attendance as Ipswich face Leicester.’
      • ‘With few police in attendance, around 10 stewards were left to hold back the Sunderland supporters.’
      • ‘A very large crowd were in attendance and a most enjoyable day was had by all present.’
      • ‘All teams should be in attendance half an hour before the starting time.’
      • ‘Both teams did themselves proud and those in attendance were certainly treated to a very exciting game.’
      • ‘An ambulance service and clinic, with doctor and nurse in attendance, are available.’
      • ‘All current members are asked to be in attendance and new members would be most welcome.’
      • ‘Some 25 British Royals, as well as members of foreign royal families, were in attendance.’
      • ‘I have already vowed to make sure that everyone I know will be in attendance the next time she comes through.’
      • ‘It is hoped all cast members from previous years will be in attendance and new members are especially welcomed.’
      • ‘A large crowd was in attendance for the Mass which was celebrated in beautiful evening sunshine.’
      • ‘As always it was an enjoyable social event with many of the club members and friends of the club in attendance.’
      • ‘There was a big crowd in attendance including present, past and future pupils of the school.’
      • ‘The meeting was very well supported with many new members in attendance.’
      • ‘The parents of all the young people attending the swimming club sessions are asked to be in attendance.’
      • ‘Also in attendance were student union staff, forum representatives and a handful of members.’
      • ‘Information and leaflets will be available from county officials in attendance.’
      • ‘We'll present the research and give those in attendance a preview of the campaign.’
      present, here, there, near, nearby, at hand, by one's side, available
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    • 2Accompanying a member of royalty or other important person as an assistant or servant.

      ‘Her Royal Highness travelled in an aircraft of The Queen's Flight, with Viscountess Campden in attendance’
      • ‘He is in attendance at important ceremonial occasions such as Trooping the Colour or the State Opening of Parliament.’
      • ‘The Earl of Derby was in attendance upon Her Majesty.’
      • ‘The earl of Sussex was in attendance on the queen during her progress in September and October 1574.’
      accompanying, following, in convoy, by one's side, in one's charge, under one's protection
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Late Middle English: from Old French, from atendre ‘give one's attention to’ (see attend).