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’
    • ‘Her attendance at court had to be secured by a witness summons and a threat of arrest.’
    • ‘His increasing workload had made attendance at council meetings and ward duties impossible.’
    • ‘Children will be awarded points for good behaviour, attendance and educational attainment.’
    • ‘It goes on to say that the teachers can help in promoting and enforcing school attendance.’
    • ‘The aim was to make the youngsters more motivated and improve their attendance at school.’
    • ‘Traditionally it was one of the times when attendance at church was more or less expected.’
    • ‘The report also advised the school to continue to work on improving pupils' attendance and punctuality.’
    • ‘Veterans turning up for the event should also confirm their attendance with Mr Hudson.’
    • ‘There had been so much hope put on his attendance at the institutions of higher learning.’
    • ‘As the organisers must have feared, the attendance at such events is a matter of habit.’
    • ‘It involves attendance at weekly two-hour workshops for a period of seven weeks.’
    • ‘She said the poor attendance of civil servants at work was an example of the lack of professionalism.’
    • ‘Schools are expected to put systems in place to monitor and promote attendance.’
    • ‘But regular school attendance is vital if young people are to achieve their full potential.’
    • ‘The company has been recognising perfect attendances in its employees for over 20 years.’
    • ‘Teachers claim the activities have had a noticeable effect on improved pupil behaviour and attendance.’
    • ‘The purpose of his attendance at the rally was simply to threaten Londoners further.’
    • ‘There is no evidence that any attempt was made to obtain their attendance at court.’
    • ‘Her attendance at last week's conference was clearly influenced by her desire to set the record straight.’
    • ‘His attendance at the Doha meeting is a sign of how seriously the French are taking the issue.’
    • ‘His crime was attendance at the university without being properly matriculated.’
    • ‘However, he does have an exemplary record in council meeting attendance.’
    • ‘The racecourse is offering half price entrance to anyone who also books attendance at any other York raceday.’
    • ‘Failure to secure regular school attendance of a registered pupil is already a criminal offence for parents.’
    • ‘Consultation data were checked against records of attendance at the practice.’
    • ‘In our house, there were a handful of books, mainly given as prizes for perfect attendance at Sunday School.’
    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’
      • ‘There are theories about why attendances are on the decline.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Lower attendances mean less money; less money means no new players etc.’
      • ‘The large attendance at the funeral was indicative of her popularity in the local area.’
      • ‘He said attendances at annual electors' meetings have decreased ever since.’
      • ‘The big attendance at the her funeral was an indication of the high esteem in which she was held by all.’
      • ‘With the largest attendance so far this annual event is proving very popular indeed.’
      • ‘Special train services were put on to ensure maximum attendance for the event.’
      • ‘The attendance at quizzes and debates has been two or three times higher than the norm for education sessions.’
      • ‘What we cannot rely on any more is solidly predictable attendance at uninteresting concerts.’
      • ‘The attendance at the meeting was the biggest since the group was set up in March 1986.’
      • ‘Headteacher Bernard Wright says the increase is partly due to better attendance at exams.’
      • ‘With the weather also playing its part it was a great day for the many family outings that swelled the attendances at all parades.’
      • ‘There was a very fine attendance at the Christmas Eve Mass which ended on the stroke of midnight.’
      • ‘Firstly, lower division clubs generally attract much lower attendances, and crowd densities are much lower.’
      • ‘There was a very large attendance at the ceremony which was held in the open air.’
      • ‘The annual attendance at the accident and emergency department did not increase over the two years of the audit.’
      • ‘Everybody will have their own theory about a 25,000 drop in attendances over a five-year period.’
      • ‘A recent seminar on the subject that it held in Edinburgh drew twice the normal attendance for similar events.’
      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’
      • ‘Both teams did themselves proud and those in attendance were certainly treated to a very exciting game.’
      • ‘Santa Claus was as usual in attendance with plenty of presents for the large number of children.’
      • ‘A large crowd was in attendance for the Mass which was celebrated in beautiful evening sunshine.’
      • ‘There was a big crowd in attendance including present, past and future pupils of the school.’
      • ‘Some 25 British Royals, as well as members of foreign royal families, were in attendance.’
      • ‘We'll present the research and give those in attendance a preview of the campaign.’
      • ‘Information and leaflets will be available from county officials in attendance.’
      • ‘All teams should be in attendance half an hour before the starting time.’
      • ‘I have already vowed to make sure that everyone I know will be in attendance the next time she comes through.’
      • ‘Some of those in attendance were people I hadn't seen since the last World Cup.’
      • ‘An ambulance service and clinic, with doctor and nurse in attendance, are available.’
      • ‘Representatives of other faiths will also be in attendance including members of the Muslim community.’
      • ‘A very large crowd were in attendance and a most enjoyable day was had by all present.’
      • ‘As always it was an enjoyable social event with many of the club members and friends of the club in attendance.’
      • ‘With few police in attendance, around 10 stewards were left to hold back the Sunderland supporters.’
      • ‘It is hoped all cast members from previous years will be in attendance and new members are especially welcomed.’
      • ‘The meeting was very well supported with many new members in attendance.’
      • ‘Today, at Portman Road, the new manager of England will be in attendance as Ipswich face Leicester.’
      • ‘Also in attendance were student union staff, forum representatives and a handful of members.’
      • ‘The parents of all the young people attending the swimming club sessions are asked to be in attendance.’
      • ‘All current members are asked to be in attendance and new members would be most welcome.’
      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’
      • ‘The earl of Sussex was in attendance on the queen during her progress in September and October 1574.’
      • ‘The Earl of Derby was in attendance upon Her Majesty.’
      • ‘He is in attendance at important ceremonial occasions such as Trooping the Colour or the State Opening of Parliament.’
      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).