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  1. the·a·ter
    IPA[ˈTHēədər]
  2. noun

    • 1. a building or outdoor area in which plays and other dramatic performances are given.

    • 2. the activity or profession of acting in, producing, directing, or writing plays:

      what made you want to go into the theater?
      Synonym : acting, performing, drama, the dramatic arts, dramaturgy, the thespian art, stagecraft, theatricals, theatrics, show business, the stage, the boards, show biz, thespianism, histrionics
    • 3. a play or other activity or presentation considered in terms of its dramatic quality:

      this is intense, moving, and inspiring theater
    • 4. a movie theater.

    • 5. a room or hall for lectures, etc., with seats in tiers.

      Synonym : hall, room, auditorium
    • 6. the area in which something happens:

      a new theater of war has been opened up
      Synonym : scene, arena, field/sphere/place of action, setting, site
    • 7. denoting weapons for use in a particular region between tactical and strategic:

      he was working on theater defense missiles
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: theatre, plural noun: theatres

    • noun

      a building or outdoor area in which plays and other dramatic performances are given.

      the activity or profession of acting in, producing, directing, or writing plays:

    • noun

      a small theater where experimental and innovative productions are staged.
    • noun

      an entertainment setup consisting of television and video equipment designed to reproduce at home the experience of being in a movie theater.
    • noun

      the dramatization of political and social issues, typically performed outdoors, e.g. in the street or a park, as a means of protest or propaganda.
    • noun

      a theater in which a meal is included in the price of a ticket:
    • noun

      a genre of drama in which singing and dancing play an essential part:
    • noun

      a combination of music and drama in modern form distinct from traditional opera, typically for a small group of performers.
    • noun

      a form of theater which emphasizes the use of physical movement, as in dance and mime, for expression.
    • noun

      a theater where movies are shown for public entertainment.
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