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I am reading this example:

听众至少也有五千人。 The audience was not less than five thousand.

Dictionary gives only "also, too" meanings for 也 and it doesn't seem to fit in this example. So what is the role of this word here?

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  • see previous Q,esp. quotation from "汉语800虚词用法词典"contained in comment #1 chinese.stackexchange.com/questions/20906/… (besides, most users look at more than one dictionary, bkrs & jukuu are recommended) – user6065 Jul 13 '17 at 13:32
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It is used to emphasize the verb 有.

We can omit 也 and show the same meaning.
听众至少(也)有五千人。

也 [副] 3
表示强调。如:“一点也不”、“再也不敢”、“连爸妈也乐得开怀大笑。”

也 yě 〈副〉(5)
表示强调 [even]。如: 也须 (也应当; 也应该); 连老人也干活

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