Definition of series noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈsɪəriːz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪriːz//
    (pl. series) Radio broadcasting, Cricket, TV shows
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  1. 1  [countable, usually singular] series of something several events or things of a similar kind that happen one after the other The incident sparked off a whole series of events that nobody had foreseen. the latest in a series of articles on the nature of modern society The movie consisted of a series of flashbacks.
  2. 2  [countable] a set of radio or television programmes that deal with the same subject or that have the same characters The first episode of the new series is on Saturday. 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: Radio broadcasting, TV shows
  3. 3[countable] (sport) a set of sports games played between the same two teams the World Series (= in baseball) England have lost the Test series (= of cricket matches) against India. See related entries: Cricket
  4. 4[uncountable, countable] (specialist) an electrical circuit in which the current passes through all the parts in the correct order batteries connected in series a series circuit
  5. Word Originearly 17th cent.: from Latin, literally ‘row, chain’, from serere ‘join, connect’.Extra examples Australia won the Test series against England. HBO has begun releasing the series on DVD. He had a whole series of tests. He is in hospital for a whole series of tests. In the first of a special two-part series on the economy… India must win to level the series. She has a small part in a drama series for radio. The BBC has already commissioned a second series. The Bronx Bombers won two of three in a weekend series with the Red Sox. The quartet will be performing in a series of lunchtime concerts. They took the first two games in the series. We watched the final part of a series on Australian wildlife. a complex series of events a series of events/​interviews/​meetings/​lectures a series of experiments/​studies/​tests a time series showing the pattern of global warming an anime series based on novels by Hiroyuki Morioka the Harry Potter book series the final book in the series the hit comedy series ‘Friends’ He had committed a series of minor criminal offences. He’s already looking forward to this summer’s Ashes series against Australia. She wrote a whole series of novels between 1985 and 2005. So far England are 2–0 up in the Test series against India. In 2004 the Boston Red Sox won baseball’s World Series for the first time in 86 years. The incident sparked off a series of events that no one had foreseen. The shooting was the latest in a series of violent attacks in the city. This is the first in a series of articles about rock ’n’ roll legends. You will need to have a series of vaccinations before you visit the area.
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