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audience

au·di·ence

audience

 
pronunciation:
aw di ns
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a group of people gathered to hear and sometimes to see a performance, speech, or the like.
You'll have to speak loudly onstage so the audience can hear you.The audience loved the performance and demanded an encore.
similar words:
following, gallery, house
definition 2: those reached by means of television, radio, or printed matter.
It's a popular TV show with a wide audience.What sort of audience are you writing this book for?
similar words:
public
definition 3: a chance to be heard, esp. by a higher authority.
An audience with the king has been arranged for you.
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Word Parts
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.