Definition of audition in US English:



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

    • ‘Back in December, I received an e-mail from someone I had interviewed last term regarding auditions for a movie.’
    • ‘The trainees were selected from 100 candidates in auditions all over China.’
    • ‘In March, the show held its annual auditions, drawing hundreds of hopefuls vying for the few openings.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After four auditions, an interview and written examination Joseph was accepted into the course of music performance.’
    • ‘All of its members learn the trade through acting workshops, hands-on experience as extras, or auditions for other roles.’
    • ‘Often I find, when I attend interviews or auditions, that I haven't done as badly as I initially think.’
    • ‘Even if you have a stable position in a company, every time you are onstage is potentially an audition for your next role.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The musicians are selected at auditions similar to those of major symphony orchestras.’
    • ‘Glover held nationwide auditions during the winter and spring to seek out twenty-five students for each of the programs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Too often, dancers show up at auditions unable to deliver anything but the classroom technique they acquired at their home studios.’
    • ‘Athy Musical and Dramatic Society will hold open auditions for the next drama presentation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This will follow a number of auditions for singers which will be taking place around the country.’
    • ‘The Columbia Men's Ensemble will be holding auditions for experienced singers on Oct. 4.’
    test, try-out, experiment, pilot study
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  • 1Perform an audition.

    ‘he was auditioning for the lead role in the play’
    • ‘After I saw Peter Pan I started auditioning for community theater.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Find out which choreographer and production you will be auditioning for and dress accordingly.’
    • ‘She was working as the director's assistant and she told him about a new drama that she was auditioning for.’
    • ‘We were auditioning for ‘The Sound of Music’, and I couldn't get the dance to save my life.’
    • ‘Anyone who would like to audition should wear casual clothing.’
    • ‘Anyone keen to audition is welcome to attend a read-through at the school tonight at 7.30 pm.’
    • ‘Of course, Jason had been auditioning for six months, ever since he'd gotten his first agent.’
    • ‘I was alerted to the fact that you had a bad experience while auditioning for another mainstream film.’
    • ‘Was she auditioning for a horror movie or something?’
    • ‘You feel the precocious Dinah is auditioning for the show rather than extending the narrative.’
    • ‘On the day of your tryout, you will sing the part that you're auditioning for.’
    • ‘How had she ever let Dan talk her into auditioning for this part?’
    • ‘The girl is a professional actress, and was hired after auditioning for the part.’
    • ‘With the team already looking ahead to next season, its young players are auditioning for future spots.’
    • ‘He and I were auditioning for a part in a play entitled A Small Town's Taming of the Shrew.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1with object Assess the suitability of (someone) for a role by means of an audition.
      ‘she was auditioning people for her new series’
      • ‘‘When we audition players, first of all they have to be wonderful musicians,’ explains Moore.’
      • ‘Over three months, 350 actors were auditioned in Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto.’
      • ‘More than 3,000 young people are auditioned each year to take part in summer acting and technical workshops.’
      • ‘I audition one person, he or she reads the lines, and that's it!’
      • ‘She was even auditioned by the BBC for its 1990s remake of the original television show, which appeared on Scottish screens in 1959.’
      • ‘He came to the English department to audition the girls for the lead role.’
      • ‘The chance to audition actors from both Canada and the U.K. was another bonus of the film's co-production status.’
      • ‘For the Sligo Musical Society production, a magnificent cast of young men and women were auditioned to play the brides and brothers.’
      • ‘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!’
      • ‘The central characters will be genuinely deaf, but he wants to audition local people for the rest of the cast.’
      • ‘Some years earlier, when he was based in Paris, he'd auditioned her for a part in a film he was setting up.’
      • ‘I was auditioned by a company called Theatre in Education.’
      • ‘However they agreed to audition him for the show when they heard about his extraordinary word skills.’
      • ‘Almost a hundred actors were auditioned for the role, but James Mackenzie from Edinburgh stood out from the beginning.’
      • ‘The Bears are said to be auditioning candidates, but might be leaning toward replacing Wade with a player already on the roster.’
      • ‘The actor/director does not audition people; he sees you in a movie or on tape and asks you to come work with him.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      put in an application, put in, try, bid, appeal, petition, make an entreaty, sue, register
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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.