- the people who read or are thought to read a particular book, newspaper, magazine, etc.: The periodical has a dwindling readership.
- the duty, status, or profession of a reader.
- (especially in British universities) the position of instructor or lecturer.
- the state or quality of being a reader: appealing to a higher level of readership.
Origin of readership
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Examples from the Web for readership
Its readership expands in times when more of us need its particular brand of salve.
It has existed, over its long history, in both expanded and contracted states in terms of its readership.
And as its influence and readership expands, the paper is feeling the wrath of Hollywood mega-stars.Hollywood vs. The Daily Mail: George Clooney and Angelina Jolie Take On The UK's Leanest, Meanest Gossip Machine
Lizzie Crocker, Lloyd Grove
July 12, 2014
Try as they might to connect to their readership via blogpost of their outfits, something feels inherently false.Tavi Gevinson: From Teen Fashion Queen to Broadway Star
July 12, 2014
His readership is small; the site gets roughly 10,000 page views a day.He Bullies Kids and Calls It News
June 26, 2014
The office of readership to this society had been offered to Cowper, but was declined by him.The Works of William Cowper
In the present day the readership is purely honorary and without duties.
- all the readers collectively of a particular publication or authora readership of five million; Dickens's readership
- mainly British the office, position, or rank of university reader
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Word Origin and History for readership
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