view·​er | \ ˈvyü-ər How to pronounce viewer (audio) \

Definition of viewer

: one that views: such as
a : a person who watches television
b : a person legally appointed to inspect and report on property
c : an optical device used in viewing

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Examples of viewer in a Sentence

The program attracts millions of viewers every week. She is a regular viewer of the evening news. The exhibit was surrounded by a large crowd of viewers.
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Recent Examples on the Web The viewer detects, thanks to Cahill and Marling’s gentle guiding hands, a way to see a possible solution. Jason Kehe, Wired, "Bliss Is the Worst Kind of Open-Ended Sci-Fi Movie," 5 Feb. 2021 The Sunday Dresses series depicts girls in dresses, some holding church fans, all looking at the viewer without smiling. Darryl Ratcliff, Dallas News, "Letitia Huckaby’s ‘5 Paperdolls’ depicts the promise, power and peril of Black girls," 11 Nov. 2020 In Untitled #615, for instance, a crouching figure dressed in camouflage stares at the viewer defiantly, his hand resting lightly on his hip. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why Photographer Cindy Sherman Is Still the Queen of Reinvention," 16 Oct. 2020 That was true whether the viewer was in Dearborn or Karachi. Byron York, Washington Examiner, "America's lost voice," 4 Feb. 2021 The joy of them for me is as a viewer and not a participant. Devon Ivie, Vulture, "John Oliver Is Taking Last Week Tonight’s Mascot Budget ‘to My Grave’," 4 Feb. 2021 Neither is guiding a viewer online to find a place to be vaccinated. David Bauder, Star Tribune, "Journalists sought for personal help by the COVID-19 curious," 30 Jan. 2021 Season four, which launched this week, is in many ways exactly what a faithful viewer of Call My Agent might expect. Philippa Snow, The New Republic, "The Very Serious Appeal of Call My Agent," 25 Jan. 2021 Shows made in places where white people aren’t in the majority can subtly shift a Western viewer’s perspective on race. Judy Berman, Time, "The Best Result of the Streaming Boom? America Finally Loves Foreign-Language TV," 22 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of viewer

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of viewer was in the 15th century

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24 Feb 2021

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“Viewer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of viewer

: a person who watches television
: a person who sees or looks at something
: a device that is used to look at photographs

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