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

      

    audience

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    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈɔːdiəns//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːdiəns//
     
    Live music, Producing a play, Showing films, People in theatre
     
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  1. 1  [countable + singular or plural verb] the group of people who have gathered to watch or listen to something (a play, concert, somebody speaking, etc.) The audience was/were clapping for 10 minutes. an audience of 10 000 The debate was televised in front of a live audience. Wordfinderaudience, auditorium, concert, interval, microphone, perform, programme, soloist, support, venue See related entries: Live music, Producing a play, Showing films, People in theatre
  2. 2  [countable] a 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/cinema/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. 3[countable] a formal meeting with an important person an audience with the Pope Synonymsinterviewinterrogation audience consultationThese are all words for a meeting or occasion when somebody is asked for information, opinions or advice.interview a formal meeting at which somebody 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 somebody 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 under interrogation.audience a formal meeting with an important person:The Pope granted her a private audience.consultation a meeting with an expert, especially a doctor, to get advice or treatment.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
  4. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin audientia, from audire ‘hear’.Extra examples He prefers playing to live audiences. He sought a private audience with the Queen. He was trying to convince his audience of his seriousness. His core audience is over the age of 35. Most movies are designed to appeal to a mainstream audience. She regales her audience with funny stories. She sought a private audience with the Japanese emperor. Some scenes in the movie risk alienating a female audience. Such a well-known politician should draw a big audience. The Pope granted him an audience. The audience cheered loudly. The audience roared with laughter. The audience was visibly moved. The film has thrilled audiences throughout the country. The museum is trying to attract a wider audience. These artists remain relatively unknown to Western audiences. We want to reach a target audience that’s younger in age. We want to reach a younger target audience. Cinema audiences would be more accepting of this sort of advertising. The Pope granted her a private audience. The audience was clapping for 10 minutes. The debate was televised in front of a live audience. We played in front of a capacity audience of 15 000.
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