Definition of attendance noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//əˈtendəns//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈtendəns//
    Business meetings, Teaching and learning, Access to education
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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] the act of being present at a place, for example at school Attendance at these lectures is not compulsory. Teachers must keep a record of students' attendances. See related entries: Business meetings, Teaching and learning, Access to education
  2. 2[countable, uncountable] the number of people present at an organized event high/low/falling/poor attendances There was an attendance of 42 at the meeting. Cinema attendances have risen again recently.
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French, from atendre ‘give one's attention to’, from Latin attendere, from ad- ‘to’ + tendere ‘stretch’.Extra examples Attendances at the pool always fall in winter. Average daily school attendance was only 75%. Building a new stadium has boosted attendances by 40%. Despite falling attendances, the zoo will stay open. It was a record attendance for a midweek game. Movie attendance soared during the war. Mrs Sakamoto had finished taking attendance. Regular attendance at lectures is important. The ambulances were in attendance within 22 minutes. The average attendance at matches increased last year. attendance at the meetings Teachers must keep a record of students’ attendances.Idioms (formal) to be present at a special event Several heads of state were in attendance at the funeral.
    be in attendance (on somebody)
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    (formal) to be with or near somebody in order to help them if necessary He always has at least two bodyguards in attendance.
    dance attendance on somebody
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    (British English, formal) to be with somebody and do things to help and please them
    (North American English) to check who is present and who is not present at a place and to mark this information on a list of names
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: attendance