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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Every moment requires the full senses of the viewer, challenging our rapidly deteriorating attention spans. Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, 10 June 2022 The fly belongs not to the world of St. Catherine but to that of the viewer, who on seeing it may momentarily be tempted to brush it from the canvas. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 9 June 2022 Nearly six years later the series has ended, having weekly torn the hearts of many a viewer. Lisa Respers France, CNN, 28 May 2022 Its short animations quickly grab the attention of the viewer, while presenting deep scientific concepts in a highly intuitive and understandable way. Julia Brodsky, Forbes, 14 Oct. 2021 Appealing to more than one type of viewer can help a creator reach a wider audience. Andrea Marks, Rolling Stone, 3 Oct. 2021 And a request, one that each subject seems to be making of the viewer: Ask us about these details. Elliot Ackerman, The Atlantic, 10 Sep. 2021 The soundbar works by beaming sound above, below and to the left and right of the viewer, which helps the device create the illusion of surround sound with only one device. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 9 Sep. 2021 And for the most part, many editing practices are put in place for the enjoyment of the viewer, and don’t cause harm to those involved. Natalie Morin,, 13 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of viewer

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Viewer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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