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audience (1 the commonest S. use; the sense ‘assembly of listeners’ occurs 7 times)
1. hearing, attention to what is said Cor. III. iii. 39 “audience; peace! I say,” Ham. I. iii. 93, Ant. III. x. [xii.] 21; “have ,” to be heard LLL. V. i. 144; “give (lend, vouchsafe) audience,” listen Cæs. III. ii. 2; Compl. 278; LLL. V. ii. 314.
2. reception at an interview, formal interview granted by a superior H5 I. i. 92 “The French ambassador . . . Crav'd audience,” Cor. II. i. 82.
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