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 for 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.
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              Thou, therefore, give due audience, and attend.
                                                    --Milton.
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     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.
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              According to the fair play of the world,
              Let me have audience: I am sent to speak. --Shak.
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     3. An auditory; an assembly of hearers. Also applied by
        authors to their readers.
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              Fit audience find, though few.        --Milton.
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              He drew his audience upward to the sky. --Dryden.
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     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.
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