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film

noun uk   /fɪlm/ us  

film noun (MOVING PICTURES)

A1 [C or U] mainly UK ( US movie) a series of moving pictures, usually shown in a cinema or on television and often telling a story: What's your favourite film? We took the children to (see) a film. She had a long career in films/film (= the business of making films). a film star/critic the film industry a film-maker Her last film was shot (= made) on location in South America. I hate people talking while I'm watching a film. Would you like to go and see a film tonight?
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film noun (MATERIAL)

[C or U] (a length of) dark plastic-like material that can record images as photographs or as a moving picture: a roll of film a 24 exposure/16 mm/high-speed film A passer-by recorded the incident on film. I'm getting my film developed at the chemist's.
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film noun (LAYER)

C2 [C] a thin layer of something on a surface: a film of dust/oil/grease a film of smoke

film

verb [I or T] uk   /fɪlm/ us  
B1 to record moving pictures with a camera, usually to make a film for television or the cinema: Most of the scenes were filmed in a studio. They filmed for a week in Spain.
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