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noun theatre pronunciation in British English /ˈθɪətə(r)/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a building, room, or outside area used for performing plays
    the open-air theatre in London’s Regents Park
    go to the theatre: We’re going to the theatre tonight.
  2. 2
    [uncountable] the activity or job of writing, performing, or organizing performances of plays
    Jenny wanted to pursue a career in the theatre.
  3. 3
    [uncountable] plays considered as entertainment or art
    a compelling piece of theatre
    the theatre: I’ve always loved the theatre.
  4. 4
    [countable/uncountable] British a room in a hospital used for medical operations. The American word is operating room
    He’s in theatre at the moment.
  5. 5
    [countable] [usually singular] an area where there is fighting during a war
    theatre of war/operations: the extension of the theatre of war to south-eastern Europe


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