Meaning of “film” in the English Dictionary

"film" in British English

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filmnoun

uk /fɪlm/ us /fɪlm/

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?

More examples

  • The music was specially composed for the film.
  • I didn't find the ending of the film very convincing.
  • Is the film available on DVD?
  • The end of the film was much more exciting than I'd expected.
  • I like films with a lot of action.

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.

More examples

  • The film had been over-exposed.
  • She develops her own film.
  • Digital cameras do not need film.
  • We shot 7 rolls of film on our holiday.
  • The editor had carefully cut and spliced the sections of film together.

filmverb [ I or T ]

uk /fɪlm/ us /fɪlm/

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.

More examples

  • The crew has gone to Africa to film a wildlife documentary.
  • They were filmed against a background of dark fir trees.
  • The old newsreels were filmed in black and white.
  • He's just completed filming his 17th feature film.
  • A special lens was needed in order to film this sequence.

Phrasal verb(s)

(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, thin material like plastic on which you can record images as photographs or as moving pictures:

a roll of film
I didn’t get my film developed yet.

film noun (LAYER)

[ C ] a thin layer of something on something else:

A film of oil glistened on the surface of the water.

film noun (PICTURE)

[ C ] a movie

(Definition of “film” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)