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to give audience
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Audience \Au"di*ence\, n. [F. audience, L. audientia, fr. audire to hear. See Audible, a.] 1. The act of hearing; attention to sounds. [1913 Webster] Thou, therefore, give due audience, and attend. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Admittance to a hearing; a formal interview, esp. with a sovereign or the head of a government, for conference or the transaction of business. [1913 Webster] According to the fair play of the world, Let me have audience: I am sent to speak. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. An auditory; an assembly of hearers. Also applied by authors to their readers. [1913 Webster] Fit audience find, though few. --Milton. [1913 Webster] He drew his audience upward to the sky. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] Court of audience, or Audience court (Eng.), a court long since disused, belonging to the Archbishop of Canterbury; also, one belonging to the Archbishop of York. --Mozley & W. In general (or open) audience, publicly. To give audience, to listen; to admit to an interview. [1913 Webster]