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Meaning of “audience” in the English Dictionary

"audience" in British English

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audiencenoun [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 ​publicspeaking is to get the audience on ​yourside. The audience was/were ​clearlydelighted with the ​performance. The ​magic show had a lot of audience participation, with ​peopleshouting things to the ​performers and going up on ​stage.B2 [+ sing/pl verb] the (​number of) ​peoplewatching or ​listening to a ​particulartelevision or ​radioprogramme, ​reading a ​particularbook, or ​visiting a ​particularwebsite: The ​televisioncompany has lost a ​largepart of ​its audience since it ​changeditsprogramming. Her ​latestbook should ​appeal to a ​large audience (= many ​people will ​want to ​read it).

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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, ​publicevent, 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 ​writerintended to ​read it. An audience is also a ​formalmeeting that you have with an ​importantperson: 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   us   /ˈɔːdiəns/ MARKETING
the ​people who watch a particular ​televisionprogramme or film, read a particular ​book, etc.: to attract/reach/engage an audience The ​internetenables you to ​reach a ​global audience.target/address an audience Advertisers use these ​strategies to ​targetspecific 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 ​sharedecline over the last 12 months.
(Definition of audience from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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