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"screen" in British English

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screennoun [C]

uk   /skriːn/ us   /skriːn/
  • 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 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?

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  • 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.

screenverb [T]

uk   /skriːn/ us   /skriːn/
  • screen verb [T] (EXAMINE)

to test or examine someone or something to discover if there is anything wrong with him, her, or it: Women over 50 should 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.
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of screen from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"screen" in American English

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screennoun [C]

us   /skrin/
  • screen noun [C] (PICTURE)

a flat surface in a theater, on a television, or on a computer system on which pictures or words are shown: I spend most of the day working in front of a computer screen.
The screen sometimes means the movies: Her ambition is to write for the screen. a screen actor/actress
  • screen noun [C] (THING THAT SEPARATES)

something that blocks you from seeing what is behind it, esp. a stiff piece of material that you can stand up like part of a wall and move around: Jennifer has a beautiful screen decorated with Japanese art.
A screen is also a stiff, wire net that has very small holes and is fixed within a frame, put in windows esp. in warm weather to let in air and keep insects out.

screenverb [T]

us   /skrin/
  • screen verb [T] (EXAMINE)

to test or examine someone or something to discover if there is anything wrong with the person or thing: Airport security staff have to screen and check millions of bags a year. The company president’s secretary screens all his calls (= answers them first to prevent some from getting through).
  • screen verb [T] (SHOW MOVIE)

to show or broadcast a movie or television program: His new movie got rave reviews when it was screened at Cannes.
  • screen verb [T] (BLOCK)

to block, protect, or hide someone or something with a screen: She raised her hand to screen her eyes from the sun.
(Definition of screen from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"screen" in Business English

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screennoun [C]

uk   /skriːn/ us  
a flat surface on a television or computer, or in a cinema, on which pictures or words are shown: a computer screen a television/cinema screen come up on/appear on a screenscroll up/down a screen Scroll down to the bottom of the screen.

screenverb [T]

uk   /skriːn/ us  
HR to check that someone is suitable and able to do a job by getting information about their previous jobs, personal activities, etc.: screen sb for sth The short-listed candidates were screened for the job.
PRODUCTION to test or examine something to discover if there is anything wrong with it: screen sth for sth The car parts were screened for defects.
COMMUNICATIONS to show something on television or at a cinema: The 30-second ad was screened last night.
(Definition of screen from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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