Definition of screen verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//skriːn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//skriːn//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they screen
    BrE BrE//skriːn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//skriːn//
    he / she / it screens
    BrE BrE//skriːnz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//skriːnz//
    past simple screened
    BrE BrE//skriːnd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//skriːnd//
    past participle screened
    BrE BrE//skriːnd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//skriːnd//
    -ing form screening
    BrE BrE//ˈskriːnɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈskriːnɪŋ//
    Medical equipment, Showing films, Producing TV shows
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    hide something/somebody
  1. 1screen something/somebody (from something/somebody) to hide or protect something/somebody by placing something in front of or around them synonym shield Dark glasses screened his eyes from the sun. She was driven away from the court, her face screened by a magazine.
  2. protect somebody
  3. 2screen somebody from somebody/something to protect somebody from something dangerous or unpleasant, especially to protect somebody who has done something illegal or dishonest synonym shield
  4. for disease
  5. 3[often passive] screen somebody (for something) to examine people in order to find out if they have a particular disease or illness Men over 55 should be regularly screened for prostate cancer. See related entries: Medical equipment
  6. check
  7. 4screen somebody (of a company, an organization, etc.) to find out information about people who work or who want to work for you in order to make sure that they can be trusted Government employees may be screened by the security services.
  8. 5screen something to check something to see if it is suitable or if you want it I use my voicemail to screen my phone calls.
  9. show film/movie/programme
  10. 6[usually passive] screen something to show a film/movie, etc. in a cinema/movie theater or on television a list of films to be screened as part of the festival The fight was screened live all over the world. The second episode will be screened at the same time tomorrow. CollocationsTelevisionWatching watch television/​TV/​a show/(British English) a programme/(North American English) a program/​a documentary/​a pilot/​a rerun/​a repeat see (especially British English) an ad/(especially North American English) a commercial/​the news/​the weather catch/​miss a show/​a programme/​a program/​an episode/​the news pick up/​reach for/​grab the remote (control) change/​switch channel surf (through)/ (especially North American English) flip through/ (especially British English) flick through the channels sit in front of/​switch on/​switch off/​turn on/​turn off the television/​the TV/​the TV set have/​install satellite (TV)/cable (TV)/a satellite dishShowing show a programme/​a documentary/​an ad/​a commercial screen a programme/​a documentary run an ad/​a commercial broadcast/ (especially North American English) air/​repeat a show/​a programme/​a documentary/​an episode/​a series go out/​air/​be recorded live attract/​draw (in)/pull (in) viewers be a hit with viewers/​audiences/​critics get (low/​high) ratingsAppearing be on/​appear on television/​TV/​a TV show take part in a phone-in/​a game show/​a quiz show/​a reality TV show host a show/​a programme/​series/​a game show/​a quiz show/​a talk show/(British English) a chat show be/​become/​work as a/​an (British English) TV presenter/​talk-show host/​sports commentator/​anchorman/(British English) newsreader read/​present the news appear/​perform live (on TV)Programme-making do/​film/​make a show/​a programme/​a documentary/​an episode/​a pilot/​a series/​an ad/​a commercial work on a soap (opera)/a pilot (episode)/a sitcom write/​produce a drama/​sitcom/​spin-off/​comedy series See related entries: Showing films, Producing TV shows
  11. Word OriginMiddle English: shortening of Old Northern French escren, of Germanic origin.Extra examples All foster parents are carefully screened. All pregnant women are to be screened for the infection. One part of the room was screened off. The building is completely screened from the road by high bushes. The programme will be screened live on BBC1. The shed is neatly screened by a hedge. 10% of the patients screened were found to have tuberculosis. A wide range of government activities were screened from public view. Phrasal Verbsscreen somethingoffscreen somebodyoutscreen somethingout
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