Definition of “television” - English Dictionary

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“television” in British English

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televisionnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈtel.ɪ.vɪʒ.ən/ /ˌtel.ɪˈvɪʒ.ən/ us /ˈtel.ə.vɪʒ.ən/ also TV, UK informal telly

A1 a device shaped like a box with a screen that receives electrical signals and changes them into moving images and sound, or the method or business of sending images and sound by electrical signals:

a 3D/an HD television
Could you turn the television down?
It's one of the few television programmes that I still watch.
Is there anything good on television tonight?
Clare has worked in television since she left college.
Your problem is that you watch too much television.

More examples

  • Our new television has a very clear picture.
  • You said we could watch television when we've finished our homework.
  • The news on television tonight was very depressing, as usual.
  • Because of television, many people have lost the art of conversation .
  • I wish they'd show more dramas and documentaries on television, instead of all these quizzes and reality TV shows..

(Definition of “television” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“television” in American English

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televisionnoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈtel·əˌvɪʒ·ən/ abbreviation TV

a large box with a viewing screen which receives electrical signals and changes them into moving pictures and sound:

[ C ] Most homes have televisions.

Television is also the programs that you watch, or the business of broadcasting them:

[ U ] Is there anything interesting on television tonight?
[ U ] Your problem is that you watch too much television.

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

“television” in Business English

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televisionnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈtelɪvɪʒən/ us also TV

COMMUNICATIONS a system of broadcasting images and sound using electrical signals, and the programmes that are shown:

on (the) television Consumer programmes on the television have enjoyed a rise in popularity.
The ads were first shown on television five years ago.
watch television How much television does the average American watch a week?
It was broadcast on live television.
The company has combined online services with interactive television for the mass market.
national/local/network television
a television network/channel/station
television audiences/viewers

(Definition of “television” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)