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 for theatre
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Theater \The"a*ter\, Theatre \The"a*tre\, n. [F. th['e][^a]tre,
     L. theatrum, Gr. ?, fr. ? to see, view; cf. Skr. dhy[=a] to
     meditate, think. Cf. Theory.]
     1. An edifice in which dramatic performances or spectacles
        are exhibited for the amusement of spectators; anciently
        uncovered, except the stage, but in modern times roofed.
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     2. Any room adapted to the exhibition of any performances
        before an assembly, as public lectures, scholastic
        exercises, anatomical demonstrations, surgical operations,
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     3. That which resembles a theater in form, use, or the like;
        a place rising by steps or gradations, like the seats of a
        theater. --Burns.
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              Shade above shade, a woody theater
              Of stateliest view.                   --Milton.
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     4. A sphere or scheme of operation. [Obs.]
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              For if a man can be partaker of God's theater, he
              shall likewise be partaker of God's rest. --Bacon.
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     5. A place or region where great events are enacted; as, the
        theater of war.
        [1913 Webster] Theatin

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a building where theatrical performances or motion-picture
           shows can be presented; "the house was full" [syn:
           theater, theatre, house]
      2: the art of writing and producing plays [syn: dramaturgy,
         dramatic art, dramatics, theater, theatre]
      3: a region in which active military operations are in progress;
         "the army was in the field awaiting action"; "he served in
         the Vietnam theater for three years" [syn: field, field of
         operations, theater, theater of operations, theatre,
         theatre of operations]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  22 Moby Thesaurus words for "theatre":
     acting, area, arena, auditorium, coliseum, drama, dramaturgy,
     hippodrome, histrionics, melodrama, opera house, performance,
     performing, playhouse, scene, setting, show business, stagecraft,
     staginess, the boards, the stage, theatrics

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

     only mentioned in Acts 19:29, 31. The ruins of this theatre at
     Ephesus still exist, and they show that it was a magnificent
     structure, capable of accommodating some 56,700 persons. It was
     the largest structure of the kind that ever existed. Theatres,
     as places of amusement, were unknown to the Jews.

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