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Meaning of “film” in the English Dictionary

"film" in British English

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filmnoun

uk   us   /fɪlm/
  • film noun (MOVING PICTURES)

A1 [C or U] mainly UK (US movie) a ​series of ​movingpictures, usually ​shown in a ​cinema or on ​television and often ​telling a ​story: What's ​yourfavourite film? We took the ​children to (​see) a film. She had a ​longcareer 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 ​SouthAmerica. I ​hatepeopletalking 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 ​recordimages as ​photographs or as a ​movingpicture: a roll of film a 24 ​exposure/16 mm/​high-speed film A ​passer-byrecorded the ​incident on film. I'm getting my film developed at the chemist's.

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filmverb [I or T]

uk   us   /fɪlm/
B1 to ​recordmovingpictures 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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(Definition of film from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"film" in American English

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filmverb [I/T]

 us   /fɪlm/
  • film verb [I/T] (PICTURE)

to make ​pictures of something in making a ​movie, or to make a ​movie: [T] Her last ​movie was filmed in Spain.

filmnoun

 us   /fɪlm/
  • film noun (MATERIAL)

[U] (a ​length of) ​dark, ​thinmaterial like ​plastic on which you can ​recordimages as ​photographs or as ​movingpictures: a ​roll of film I didn’t get my film ​developedyet.
  • film noun (LAYER)

[C] a ​thinlayer of something on something ​else: A film of ​oilglistened on the ​surface of the ​water.
  • film noun (PICTURE)

[C] a ​movie
(Definition of film from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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