American English

Definition of screen verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they screen
    he / she / it screens
    past simple screened
    -ing form screening
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    hide something or someone
  1. 1screen something/somebody (from something/somebody) to hide or protect something or someone by placing something in front of or around them synonym Dark glasses screened his eyes from the sun. She was driven away from the court, her face screened by a magazine.
  2. protect someone
  3. 2screen somebody from somebody/something to protect someone from something dangerous or unpleasant, especially to protect someone who has done something illegal or dishonest synonym
  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.
  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 for security purposes.
  8. 5screen something to check something to see if it is suitable or if you want it I use my voice mail to screen my phone calls.
  9. show movie/TV program
  10. 6[usually passive] screen something to show a movie, etc. in a 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.
  11. Phrasal Verbsscreen somethingoffscreen somebodyoutscreen somethingout
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: screen