Definition of audition in 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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We wanted to get the perfect script and then we held auditions for the lead roles.’
    • ‘In March, the show held its annual auditions, drawing hundreds of hopefuls vying for the few openings.’
    • ‘Back in December, I received an e-mail from someone I had interviewed last term regarding auditions for a movie.’
    • ‘Even if you have a stable position in a company, every time you are onstage is potentially an audition for your next role.’
    • ‘This will follow a number of auditions for singers which will be taking place around the country.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The trainees were selected from 100 candidates in auditions all over China.’
    • ‘Athy Musical and Dramatic Society will hold open auditions for the next drama presentation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The musicians are selected at auditions similar to those of major symphony orchestras.’
    • ‘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 Columbia Men's Ensemble will be holding auditions for experienced singers on Oct. 4.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Often I find, when I attend interviews or auditions, that I haven't done as badly as I initially think.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Too often, dancers show up at auditions unable to deliver anything but the classroom technique they acquired at their home studios.’
    test, try-out, experiment, pilot study
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  • 1Perform an audition.

    ‘he was auditioning for the lead role in the play’
    • ‘I was alerted to the fact that you had a bad experience while auditioning for another mainstream film.’
    • ‘He and I were auditioning for a part in a play entitled A Small Town's Taming of the Shrew.’
    • ‘You feel the precocious Dinah is auditioning for the show rather than extending the narrative.’
    • ‘She was working as the director's assistant and she told him about a new drama that she was auditioning for.’
    • ‘Was she auditioning for a horror movie or something?’
    • ‘We were auditioning for ‘The Sound of Music’, and I couldn't get the dance to save my life.’
    • ‘On the day of your tryout, you will sing the part that you're auditioning for.’
    • ‘Anyone keen to audition is welcome to attend a read-through at the school tonight at 7.30 pm.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I'm auditioning for the school play and I have to be at the theater in five minutes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The girl is a professional actress, and was hired after auditioning for the part.’
    • ‘After I saw Peter Pan I started auditioning for community theater.’
    • ‘Anyone who would like to audition should wear casual clothing.’
    • ‘How had she ever let Dan talk her into auditioning for this part?’
    • ‘Find out which choreographer and production you will be auditioning for and dress accordingly.’
    • ‘With the team already looking ahead to next season, its young players are auditioning for future spots.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He fell in love with Bening on screen, then auditioned her for the role of his lover in the film Bugsy.’
      • ‘I audition one person, he or she reads the lines, and that's it!’
      • ‘Almost a hundred actors were auditioned for the role, but James Mackenzie from Edinburgh stood out from the beginning.’
      • ‘She was even auditioned by the BBC for its 1990s remake of the original television show, which appeared on Scottish screens in 1959.’
      • ‘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 chance to audition actors from both Canada and the U.K. was another bonus of the film's co-production status.’
      • ‘‘When we audition players, first of all they have to be wonderful musicians,’ explains Moore.’
      • ‘For the Sligo Musical Society production, a magnificent cast of young men and women were auditioned to play the brides and brothers.’
      • ‘More than 3,000 young people are auditioned each year to take part in summer acting and technical workshops.’
      • ‘Some years earlier, when he was based in Paris, he'd auditioned her for a part in a film he was setting up.’
      • ‘However they agreed to audition him for the show when they heard about his extraordinary word skills.’
      • ‘The first thing she looks for when auditioning dancers, she said, is individual style and the ability to pick up routines quickly.’
      • ‘He came to the English department to audition the girls for the lead role.’
      • ‘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 auditioned many actors for every role and had seen many actors for this part.’
      • ‘I was auditioned by a company called Theatre in Education.’
      • ‘The Bears are said to be auditioning candidates, but might be leaning toward replacing Wade with a player already on the roster.’
      • ‘Each year the Oxford Philomusica auditions orchestral players at the university, the best five being rewarded with a year-long apprenticeship.’
      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.