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"audience" in British English

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audiencenoun [C]

uk   /ˈɔː.di.əns/ us   /ˈɑː.di.əns/
  • 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.

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(Definition of audience from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"audience" in American English

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audiencenoun [C]

us   /ˈɔ·di·əns, ˈɑ·di-/
the people, considered as a group, who watch or listen to a performance, movie, public event, etc., either together in one place or separately: a live/television audience The magazine is trying to reach a younger audience.
literature The audience of a work of literature is the type of people the writer intended to read it.
An audience is also a formal meeting that you have with an important person: an audience with the president
(Definition of audience from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"audience" in Business English

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audiencenoun [C]

uk   /ˈɔːdiəns/ us   MARKETING
the people who watch a particular television programme or film, read a particular book, etc.: to attract/reach/engage an audience The internet enables you to reach a global audience.target/address an audience Advertisers use these strategies to target specific audiences.a large/wide/mass audience The film will attract a wide audience.audience for sth The intended audience for the book are lawyers and students. Channel 9 has seen its audience share decline over the last 12 months.
(Definition of audience from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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