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the act of .
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.
Contemporary Examples

Her attendance will bring in more parishioners and thus more money to fund church programs.
The Good Wife’s Religion Politics: Voters Have No Faith in Alicia’s Atheism Regina Lizik November 23, 2014

Eighteen bewigged barristers—some of the finest criminal lawyers in the country—were also in attendance.
Did David Cameron Snub Obama for Tennis? Peter Jukes September 27, 2012

The victims of battle shock and their families in attendance that day, June 24, needed no convincing.
Vet Snub Shocks Families Leslie H. Gelb July 17, 2010

“President Bush will not be in attendance on Thursday,” his spokesman told The New York Times.
Day 3: Breaking News about Osama bin Laden’s Death The Daily Beast May 3, 2011

One critic, Nouriel Roubini, the bearish New York University economist known as Dr. Doom, was in attendance Friday morning.
Meet Britain’s Austerity Chief R.M. Schneiderman December 16, 2010

Historical Examples

Taters, with his own horse and the now useless led horse, was in attendance.
Victor’s Triumph Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth

It was trusted often, was in attendance on the Emperor, and was fairly well paid.
The Armourer’s Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge

The beds are clean and soft, the table fair and the attendance quite good.
A Summer’s Outing Carter H. Harrison

Yet it’s only the food and the cabins and the attendance they grumble about.
It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson

Sir Joshua, as we have seen, was the founder of the Literary Club and was “very constant” in his attendance.
The Story of Doctor Johnson S. C. (Sydney Castle) Roberts

the act or state of attending
the number of persons present: an attendance of 5000 at the festival
(obsolete) attendants collectively; retinue

late 14c., “act of attending to one’s duties,” from Old French atendance “attention, wait, hope, expectation,” from atendant, present participle 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. Meaning “number of persons present” is from 1835.
see: dance attendance on


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