view·er | \ˈvyü-ər \

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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Netflix specializes in the soft sell, expecting viewers to stumble across its original films while scrolling through menus of suggestions. Bruce Fretts, New York Times, "It’s the Movie Hit of the Summer: Why ‘The Kissing Booth’ Clicked," 13 July 2018 Not that Netflix is experiencing waning viewer interest. Tom Hudson, miamiherald, "The house behind ‘House of Cards’," 13 July 2018 Broadcast networks are taking the hardest blow, with their ratings as well as awards diminishing as viewers search out the more distinctive – and edgy – programming on unregulated cable and streaming outlets. Lynn Elber, The Christian Science Monitor, "Streaming continues its dominance as Netflix breaks HBO's 17-year Emmys streak," 13 July 2018 More viewers watched the Music City Bowl last December between Northwestern and Kentucky than have ever seen Trout play a single regular or postseason game in person. Tom Verducci,, "The Star That Still Won't Shine: The Incredible, Unprecedented but Unseen Greatness of Mike Trout," 12 July 2018 Netflix already offers English-speaking viewers a very strong portfolio of high quality foreign-language detective shows, so this Chandra adaptation feels like an obvious choice. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Sacred Games Reinvents the Police Procedural," 12 July 2018 As it's done so, Netflix has been able to cast a huge net, pulling in viewers with big, expensive shows like The Crown, which earned 13 nominations today, and cult-y surprise hits like Stranger Things, which nabbed 12. Angela Watercutter, WIRED, "With 112 Emmy Nominations, Netflix Officially Rules Television," 12 July 2018 As if that weren't enough, deadmau5 will mark the release with a special event on Twitch, the video-streaming platform upon which the producer plays games and invites viewers into his studio to watch his creative process. Kat Bein, Billboard, "deadmau5 to Perform 'Monophobia' Via Live Stream in Honor of New Compilation," 12 July 2018 But those portrayals can also have a real impact on viewers' mental health, especially for anyone who may dealing with the on-screen issues IRL. Emily Wang, SELF, "Every Episode of HBO's 'Sharp Objects' Will End With a PSA About Substance Abuse and Self-Harm," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of viewer

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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