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audition

[aw-dish-uh n] /ɔˈdɪʃ ən/
noun
1.
a trial hearing given to a singer, actor, or other performer to test suitability for employment, professional training or competition, etc.
2.
a reading or other simplified rendering of a theatrical work, performed before a potential backer, producer, etc.
3.
the act, sense, or power of hearing.
4.
something that is heard.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
5.
to try or compete in an audition:
to audition aspiring actors; to audition for the leading role.
Origin of audition
1590-1600
1590-1600; (< Middle French) < Latin audītiōn- (stem of audītiō hearing). See auditive, -ion
Related forms
auditioner, noun
reaudition, noun
unauditioned, adjective
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  • Inasmuch as this soon stops, the abnormality and incorrectness of their audition is hard to establish.

    Criminal Psychology Hans Gross
  • audition is cognition of principles, conversant about all articulate sounds.

    The Sarva-Darsana-Samgraha Madhava Acharya
  • Abraham talked on, rather for the pleasure of utterance than for audition, so that his sister's abstraction was of no account.

  • She was not a baby-farm after all, and the audition of these squalling nurslings vexed her.

  • I do not know whether he remembered our first interview and my "audition," but I who remembered it well only hope that he did not.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
British Dictionary definitions for audition

audition

/ɔːˈdɪʃən/
noun
1.
a test at which a performer or musician is asked to demonstrate his ability for a particular role, etc
2.
the act, sense, or power of hearing
verb
3.
to judge by means of or be tested in an audition
Word Origin
C16: from Latin audītiō a hearing, from audīre to hear
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Word Origin and History for audition
n.

1590s, "power of hearing," from Middle French audicion "hearing (in a court of law)," from Latin auditionem (nominative auditio) "a hearing, listening to," noun of action from past participle stem of audire "hear" (see audience). Meaning "trial for a performer" first recorded 1881.

v.

"to try out for a performance part," 1935, from audition (n.). Transitive sense by 1944. Related: Auditioned; auditioning.

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audition in Medicine

audition au·di·tion (ô-dĭsh'ən)
n.
The sense, ability, or power of hearing.

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