Meaning of “spectator” in the English Dictionary

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"spectator" in British English

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spectatornoun [ C ]

uk /spekˈteɪ.tər/ us /spekˈteɪ.t̬ɚ/

B2 a person who watches an activity, especially a sports event, without taking part:

They won 4–0 in front of over 40,000 cheering spectators.

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  • A few incredulous spectators watched as Paterson, ranked 23rd in the world, beat the champion.
  • Marshals struggled in vain to prevent spectators rushing onto the racetrack.
  • Will spectators please stay behind the rail?
  • At the last minute, we roped in a couple of spectators to complete the team.
  • The racing car left the track at 120 mph and scythed through the crowd of spectators, killing ten.

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

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spectatornoun [ C ]

us /ˈspekˌteɪ·t̬ər/

a person who watches an activity, esp. a public event, without taking part:

The stadium was packed with cheering spectators.

(Definition of “spectator” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)