American English

Definition of television noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (abbreviation TV)
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  1. 1(also television set) [countable] a piece of electrical equipment with a screen on which you can watch programs with moving pictures and sounds a color television a widescreen television a plasma screen television to turn the television on/off
  2. 2[uncountable] the programs broadcast on television We don't do much in the evenings except watch television.
  3. 3[uncountable] the system, process, or business of broadcasting television programs satellite/terrestrial/cable/digital television the television news a television documentary a television company/presenter I'd like to work in television (= for a television company). see also cable television, closed-circuit television
  4. Idioms
    on television (informal on TV)
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    being broadcast by television; appearing in a television program What's on television tonight? It was on TV yesterday. I recognize you. Aren't you on television?
Topic CollocationsTelevisionwatching watch television/TV/a show/a program/a documentary/a pilot/a rerun/a repeat see an ad/a commercial/the news/the weather catch/miss a show/a program/an episode/the news pick up/reach for/grab/lose the remote (control) change channels surf (through)/flip through the channels sit in front of/turn on/turn off the television/the TV/the TV set have/install satellite (TV)/cable (TV)/a satellite dishshowing show a program/a documentary/an ad/a commercial/a prime-time sitcom/drama run an ad/a commercial/a movie broadcast/air/repeat a show/a program/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 call-in/a game show/a quiz show/a reality TV show host a show/a program/a series/a game show/a quiz show/a (late-night/daytime) talk show be/become/work as a talk-show host/sports commentator/news anchor present the news appear/perform live (on TV)program-making do/film/make a show/a program/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 the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: television