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"scene" in British English

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scenenoun

uk   /siːn/  us   /siːn/
  • scene noun (THEATRE/FILM)

B1 [C] a ​part of a ​play or ​film in which the ​actionstays in one ​place for a ​continuousperiod of ​time: the ​funeral/​wedding scene nude/​sex scenes Juliet ​dies in Act IV, Scene iii.

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  • scene noun (VIEW)

B2 [C] a ​view or ​picture of a ​place, ​event, or ​activity: Lowry ​paintedstreet scenes. scenes of ​everydaylifefigurative There were scenes ofgreatjoy as the ​hostages were ​reunited with ​theirfamilies.

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  • scene noun (PLACE)

B2 [C usually singular] a ​place where an ​unpleasantevent has ​happened: The ​policearrived to ​find a scene ofhorrifyingdestruction. Evidence was ​found at the scene of the ​crime.

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  • scene noun (AREA)

B2 [S] a ​particulararea of ​activity and all the ​people or things ​connected with it: the ​pop/​political/​drugs/​gay scene Rap ​music arrived/came/​appeared on the scene in the early 1980s.informal I'd ​rather go to a ​jazzconcert - I'm ​afraidopera isn't really my scene (= is not the ​type of thing I like).

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  • scene noun (ARGUMENT)

C2 [C] an ​expression of ​greatanger or ​similarfeelings, often between two ​people, or an ​occasion when this ​happens: Please don't make a scene. There was a ​terrible scene and Jayne ​ended up in ​tears.
(Definition of scene from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"scene" in American English

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scenenoun

 us   /sin/
  • scene noun (PLAY/MOVIE)

[C] a ​part of a ​play or ​movie in which the ​actionstays in one ​place for a ​continuousperiod: The ​opening scene of the ​movie was ​filmed in New York City.
  • scene noun (VIEW)

[C] a ​view or ​picture of a ​place: The scene from the mountaintop was ​breathtaking. He painted a ​street scene.
  • scene noun (PLACE)

[C usually sing] a ​place where an ​actual or ​imaginedeventhappens: He was ​convicted of ​leaving the scene of an ​accident. Dozens of ​firefightersconverged on the scene (= they ​arrived at the ​placequickly).
  • scene noun (EVENT)

[C] an ​event, ​actual or ​imaginary: The ​novelrecalls scenes from an ​era that's ​vanished.
  • scene noun (AREA)

[U] a ​particulararea of ​activity or way of ​life: the ​fashion/​music scene He ​disappeared from the ​political scene after ​failing to ​win reelection.
  • scene noun (SHOW)

[C] a show of ​emotion or ​anger: She made a scene at the ​checkout when I wouldn’t ​buy her any ​candy.
(Definition of scene from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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