Definition of attendance in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈtɛnd(ə)ns/


[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
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  • In our house, there were a handful of books, mainly given as prizes for perfect attendance at Sunday School.
  • The racecourse is offering half price entrance to anyone who also books attendance at any other York raceday.
  • His increasing workload had made attendance at council meetings and ward duties impossible.
presence, appearance, attending, being there
informal turning up, showing up, showing
1.1 [count noun] The number of people present at a particular place or event: she is being blamed for the museum’s low attendances
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  • Lower attendances mean less money; less money means no new players etc.
  • Firstly, lower division clubs generally attract much lower attendances, and crowd densities are much lower.
  • With the weather also playing its part it was a great day for the many family outings that swelled the attendances at all parades.
audience, turnout, number present, house, gate;
crowd, throng, congregation, assembly, gathering
Australian/New Zealand informal muster


in attendance

1Present at a function or a place: some 200 were in attendance at the fourteenth reunion
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  • Santa Claus was as usual in attendance with plenty of presents for the large number of children.
  • There was a big crowd in attendance including present, past and future pupils of the school.
  • An ambulance service and clinic, with doctor and nurse in attendance, are available.
present, here, there, near, nearby, at hand, by one's side, available;
assisting, giving assistance, helping, aiding;
supervising, monitoring, on guard
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
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  • The earl of Sussex was in attendance on the queen during her progress in September and October 1574.
  • 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.


Late Middle English: from Old French, from atendre 'give one's attention to' (see attend).

Words that rhyme with attendance

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