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[ree-der-ship] /ˈri dərˌʃɪp/
the people who read or are thought to read a particular book, newspaper, magazine, etc.:
The periodical has a dwindling readership.
the duty, status, or profession of a reader.
(especially in British universities) the position of instructor or lecturer.
the state or quality of being a reader:
appealing to a higher level of readership.
Origin of readership
1710-20; reader + -ship Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • For instance, the author of this article is responsible for misleading its readership.
  • Overall readership will decline, but the real readers will be more valuable customers.
  • To some degree, these changes reflect science fiction's broadening readership.
  • His granitic indifference to his readership only feeds its almost religious loyalty.
  • The chief thing is to run an item or two against the grain of the readership.
  • They carefully reported on ongoing negotiations between their readership and the regimes.
  • On the one hand, it attracts public attention to his subject, thereby possibly bringing him a much larger readership.
  • All of us tend to then look for material that will satisfy that readership, whoever that readership may be.
  • Now the things that are not going to appeal to a wide readership are not published at all.
  • Faculty could receive broader readership for their research.
British Dictionary definitions for readership


all the readers collectively of a particular publication or author: a readership of five million, Dickens's readership
(mainly Brit) the office, position, or rank of university reader
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Word Origin and History for readership

1719, "office of a reader," from reader + -ship. Meaning "total number of readers of a publication" is from 1914.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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