audience - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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  1. 1
    a group of people who have come to a place to see or hear a film, performance, speech etc. The people who watch a sports match or other large event are usually called spectators or the crowd. Audience can be followed by a singular or plural verb

    She would be addressing an audience of three thousand teachers.

    Chaplin’s films captivated audiences throughout the world.

    He offended many in the audience with his insensitive remarks.

    The music was performed before an enthusiastic audience.

    audience participation:

    He was soon encouraging audience participation and several women came up on stage.

    1. a.
      all the people who watch a television programme, listen to a radio broadcast, or are reached by advertising

      The series has attracted an audience of more than 10 million.

      target audience:

      Our target audience has always been the affluent under-30s.

    2. b.
      the people who see the work of a particular artist or read the work of a particular writer

      His detective novels are beginning to appeal to a wider audience.

  2. 3
    a formal meeting with a very important person
    audience with:

    He had an audience with the Pope in 1996.