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noun theater pronunciation in American English /ˈθiətər/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a building, room, or outside area used for performing plays
    Abraham Lincoln was shot in Ford’s Theater in 1865.
    an open-air theater
    go to the theater: We’re going to the theater on Saturday.
  2. 2
    [uncountable] plays considered as a form of entertainment or art
    a compelling piece of theater
    the theater: I’ve always loved the theater.
  3. 3
    [uncountable] the activity of writing, performing, or organizing performances of plays
    Jenny wanted to pursue a career in the theater.
    a traveling theater company
  4. 5
    [countable] an area where there is fighting during a war
    commander of the theater of operations


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