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Definition of audience noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1the group of people who have gathered to watch or listen to something (a play, concert, someone speaking, etc.) The audience was clapping for 10 minutes. an audience of 10,000 The debate was televised in front of a live audience.
  2. 2a number of people or a particular group of people who watch, read, or listen to the same thing An audience of millions watched the wedding on TV. TV/theater/movie audiences His book reached an even wider audience when it was made into a movie. The target audience for this advertisement was mainly teenagers.
  3. 3a formal meeting with an important person an audience with the Pope Thesaurusinterviewinterrogation audience consultationThese are all words for a meeting or occasion when someone is asked for information, opinions, or advice.interview a formal meeting at which someone is asked questions, for example, to see if they are suitable for a particular job or course of study, or in order to find out their opinions about something:a job interviewinterrogation the process of asking someone a lot of questions, especially in an aggressive way, in order to get information; an occasion on which this is done:He confessed after four days of interrogation.audience a formal meeting with an important person:The Pope granted her a private audience.consultation a meeting with an expert, such as a lawyer or doctor, to get advice or treatment:A 30-minute consultation will cost $50.Patterns an in-depth interview/consultation a police interview/interrogation to have/request a(n) interview/audience/consultation >with>somebody to give/grant somebody a(n) interview/audience/consultation to carry out/conduct an interview/interrogation
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