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audience

au·di·ence

audience

 
pronunciation:
aw di ns
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part of speech: noun
definition: a group of people gathered to see or hear something.
The audience laughed at all his jokes.
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The word audience contains the following parts:
aud, audit, audio Latin root that means hear
-ance, -ence, -ency, -ancy Latin noun-forming suffix that means state, quality, or act of
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The suffix group -ance , -ence , -ency , -ancy attaches to verbs and Latin verb stems to create nouns. The suffix -ance is usually attached to whole English words, whereas -ence is usually attached to roots: compare eloquence and acceptance . For most nouns ending in -ance , -ence , -ency , -ancy , there is a correponsponding adjective form ending in -ant, -ent.