the act of attending.
the persons or number of persons present: an attendance of more than 300 veterans.
dance attendance, to be obsequious in one's attentions or service; attend constantly: He was given a larger office and several assistants to dance attendance on him.

1325–75; Middle English < Anglo-French, Middle French. See attend, -ance

proattendance, adjective
unattendance, noun Unabridged
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attendance (əˈtɛndəns)
1.  the act or state of attending
2.  the number of persons present: an attendance of 5000 at the festival
3.  obsolete attendants collectively; retinue

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from O.Fr. atendance "attention, wait, hope, expectation," from atendant, prp. of atendre (see attend). Meaning "action of waiting on someone" dates from late 14c. (to dance attendance on someone is from 1560s); that of "action of being present, presenting oneself"
(originally with intent of taking a part) is from mid-15c. Attendee "one who attends" (something) is recorded from 1961.
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Idioms & Phrases


see dance attendance on.

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Example sentences
Growing attendance is worsening the problem of contact between people and
  baboons in the park.
Thousands of people come to it and the attendance was noticeably down this year.
For example, we've often talked on these fora about attendance policies.
Church attendance has not been increasing, as a new awakening would suggest.
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