Meaning of “audience” in the English Dictionary

"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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  • The audience clapped and cheered when she stood up to speak.
  • She announced the winner of the competition to an excited audience.
  • She is a confident and practised speaker who always impresses her audience.
  • The candidates engaged in a lively debate, witnessed by a huge television audience.
  • The play shocked audiences when it was first performed.

(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)