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  1. theatre
  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 theatre?
      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 theatre
    • 4. a cinema.

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

      Synonym : hall, room, auditorium
    • 6. an operating theatre:

      respiratory function is carefully controlled and monitored throughout the patient's stay in theatre the theatre nurse
    • 7. the area in which something happens:

      a new theatre of war has been opened up
      Synonym : scene, arena, field/sphere/place of action, setting, site
    • 8. denoting weapons intermediate between tactical and strategic:

      he was working on theatre defence missiles
  3. Variation

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