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audience

noun [C] uk   /ˈɔː.di.əns/ us    /ˈɑː-/

audience noun [C] (GROUP OF PEOPLE)

B1 [+ sing/pl verb] the group of people together in one place to watch or listen to a play, film, someone speaking, etc.: She lectures to audiences all over the world. The secret to public speaking is to get the audience on your side. The audience was/were clearly delighted with the performance. The magic show had a lot of audience participation, with people shouting things to the performers and going up on stage. B2 [+ sing/pl verb] the (number of) people watching or listening to a particular television or radio programme, reading a particular book, or visiting a particular website: The television company has lost a large part of its audience since it changed its programming. Her latest book should appeal to a large audience (= many people will want to read it).

audience noun [C] (FORMAL MEETING)

a formal meeting that you have with an important person: She had a private audience with the king.
(Definition of audience from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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