Definition of audition in English:



  • 1An interview for a role or job as a singer, actor, dancer, or musician, consisting of a practical demonstration of the candidate's suitability and skill:

    ‘the Royal Ballet gave Nicola an audition’
    • ‘All of its members learn the trade through acting workshops, hands-on experience as extras, or auditions for other roles.’
    • ‘Back in December, I received an e-mail from someone I had interviewed last term regarding auditions for a movie.’
    • ‘Athy Musical and Dramatic Society will hold open auditions for the next drama presentation.’
    • ‘After four auditions, an interview and written examination Joseph was accepted into the course of music performance.’
    • ‘Even if you have a stable position in a company, every time you are onstage is potentially an audition for your next role.’
    • ‘In March, the show held its annual auditions, drawing hundreds of hopefuls vying for the few openings.’
    • ‘The Columbia Men's Ensemble will be holding auditions for experienced singers on Oct. 4.’
    • ‘The musicians are selected at auditions similar to those of major symphony orchestras.’
    • ‘The trainees were selected from 100 candidates in auditions all over China.’
    • ‘Too often, dancers show up at auditions unable to deliver anything but the classroom technique they acquired at their home studios.’
    • ‘Following a rigorous round of auditions and interviews Tony was chosen ahead of hundreds of others a fortnight ago to take up the one year course.’
    • ‘We wanted to get the perfect script and then we held auditions for the lead roles.’
    • ‘After extensive auditions and screen tests, they picked a young man with brilliant red hair but no real acting experience, at least on television.’
    • ‘The very best were invited to a second stage of auditions and the final group selected after further interviews and auditions.’
    • ‘That season will also be the first time the company holds national auditions in New York and San Francisco.’
    • ‘He takes us through every step of the production process, from securing finance to assembling a crew, then on to auditions, rehearsals and the opening night.’
    • ‘This will follow a number of auditions for singers which will be taking place around the country.’
    • ‘The nationwide open auditions produced such a wealth of talent that this year the BBC is also inviting back the best of last year's finalists.’
    • ‘Glover held nationwide auditions during the winter and spring to seek out twenty-five students for each of the programs.’
    • ‘Often I find, when I attend interviews or auditions, that I haven't done as badly as I initially think.’
    test, try-out, experiment, pilot study
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  • 2archaic [mass noun] The power of hearing or listening.

    • ‘As it transpires upon careful audition, the individual numbers themselves are far more exquisite than their corresponding visual icons indicate.’
    • ‘Stanley Coren has studied human perception and its development, primarily in the areas of vision and audition.’
    • ‘The diagrams in Appendix B assume an idealized listening environment in which every audience member shares the same point of audition.’


  • 1 Perform an audition:

    ‘I auditioned and was lucky enough to get the part’
    • ‘Anyone keen to audition is welcome to attend a read-through at the school tonight at 7.30 pm.’
    • ‘She was working as the director's assistant and she told him about a new drama that she was auditioning for.’
    • ‘Anyone who would like to audition should wear casual clothing.’
    • ‘On the day of your tryout, you will sing the part that you're auditioning for.’
    • ‘After I saw Peter Pan I started auditioning for community theater.’
    • ‘We were auditioning for ‘The Sound of Music’, and I couldn't get the dance to save my life.’
    • ‘Viewers will see her tonight auditioning for a part in one of the country's most successful musicals, Mama Mia, in London's West End.’
    • ‘Of course, Jason had been auditioning for six months, ever since he'd gotten his first agent.’
    • ‘He and I were auditioning for a part in a play entitled A Small Town's Taming of the Shrew.’
    • ‘I was alerted to the fact that you had a bad experience while auditioning for another mainstream film.’
    • ‘Find out which choreographer and production you will be auditioning for and dress accordingly.’
    • ‘You feel the precocious Dinah is auditioning for the show rather than extending the narrative.’
    • ‘The girl is a professional actress, and was hired after auditioning for the part.’
    • ‘I'm auditioning for the school play and I have to be at the theater in five minutes.’
    • ‘Talented teenagers across Wales are invited to show off their star qualities by auditioning for a very special programme, to be broadcast on BBC Wales in November.’
    • ‘How had she ever let Dan talk her into auditioning for this part?’
    • ‘With the team already looking ahead to next season, its young players are auditioning for future spots.’
    • ‘He is not helped by his dialogue, nor the direction, which makes him deliver the two big speeches as if he were auditioning for the part.’
    • ‘Was she auditioning for a horror movie or something?’
    1. 1.1[with object] Assess the suitability of (someone) for a role by means of an audition:
      ‘she was auditioning people for her new series’
      • ‘More than 3,000 young people are auditioned each year to take part in summer acting and technical workshops.’
      • ‘For the Sligo Musical Society production, a magnificent cast of young men and women were auditioned to play the brides and brothers.’
      • ‘The actor/director does not audition people; he sees you in a movie or on tape and asks you to come work with him.’
      • ‘I was auditioned by a company called Theatre in Education.’
      • ‘When I auditioned him, I thought he was just a little loud for the camera, but today when I saw him, I was super impressed with his performance!’
      • ‘I audition one person, he or she reads the lines, and that's it!’
      • ‘‘When we audition players, first of all they have to be wonderful musicians,’ explains Moore.’
      • ‘The Bears are said to be auditioning candidates, but might be leaning toward replacing Wade with a player already on the roster.’
      • ‘The central characters will be genuinely deaf, but he wants to audition local people for the rest of the cast.’
      • ‘Over three months, 350 actors were auditioned in Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto.’
      • ‘I auditioned many actors for every role and had seen many actors for this part.’
      • ‘He fell in love with Bening on screen, then auditioned her for the role of his lover in the film Bugsy.’
      • ‘Some years earlier, when he was based in Paris, he'd auditioned her for a part in a film he was setting up.’
      • ‘The chance to audition actors from both Canada and the U.K. was another bonus of the film's co-production status.’
      • ‘Almost a hundred actors were auditioned for the role, but James Mackenzie from Edinburgh stood out from the beginning.’
      • ‘He came to the English department to audition the girls for the lead role.’
      • ‘Each year the Oxford Philomusica auditions orchestral players at the university, the best five being rewarded with a year-long apprenticeship.’
      • ‘The first thing she looks for when auditioning dancers, she said, is individual style and the ability to pick up routines quickly.’
      • ‘However they agreed to audition him for the show when they heard about his extraordinary word skills.’
      • ‘She was even auditioned by the BBC for its 1990s remake of the original television show, which appeared on Scottish screens in 1959.’
      put in an application, put in, try, bid, appeal, petition, make an entreaty, sue, register, audition
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Late 16th century (in the sense ‘power of hearing or listening’): from Latin auditio(n-), from audire hear. Sense 1 of the noun dates from the late 19th century.