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screen

noun [C] uk   /skriːn/ us  

screen noun [C] (PICTURE)

A2 a flat surface in a cinema, on a television, or as part of a computer, on which pictures or words are shown: Our television has a 19-inch screen. Coming to your screens (= cinemas) shortly, the amazing adventures of 'Robin Hood'. Her ambition is to write for the screen (= for television and films). Write the letter on the computer, then you can make changes easily on screen. the small screen television: He's made several films for the small screen. the big screen cinema: So this is your first appearance on the big screen?

screen noun [C] (SEPARATING)

a vertical structure that is used to separate one area from another, especially to hide something or to protect you from something unpleasant or dangerous: The nurse pulled a screen around the bed so that the doctor could examine the patient in private. A screen of trees at the bottom of the garden hid the ugly factory walls. mainly US an activity that is not dangerous or illegal but is used to hide something that is: That café's just a screen for their criminal activities.

screen

verb [T] uk   /skriːn/ us  

screen verb [T] (EXAMINE)

to test or examine someone or something to discover if there is anything wrong with them or it: All women over 50 will be screened for breast cancer. Completely unsuitable candidates were screened out (= tested and refused) at the first interview. screen your calls to delay your decision to answer the phone until you know who is calling you: I always screen my calls while I'm eating dinner.

screen verb [T] (PICTURE)

to show or broadcast a film or television programme: The programme was not screened on British television.

screen verb [T] (PROTECT)

to protect or hide: She raised her hand to screen her eyes from the bright light. mainly US to protect someone by taking the blame yourself: The husband says he's the murderer but we think it was his wife - he's just screening her.
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of screen from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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