Meaning of RADIO in English

I. ra ‧ di ‧ o 1 S1 W2 /ˈreɪdiəʊ $ -dioʊ/ BrE AmE noun

[ Date: 1900-2000 ; Origin: radiotelegraphy (19-21 centuries) , from radio- + telegraphy ]

1 .

a) [countable] a piece of electronic equipment which you use to listen to programmes that are broadcast, such as music and news

turn/switch the radio on/off

I sat down and turned on the radio.

b) [uncountable] programmes that are broadcast on the radio:

I don’t really listen to the radio very much.

on the radio

Did you hear the interview with the Prime Minister on the radio this morning?

radio programme/show

He’s got his own radio show now.

local/national radio

She works for a local radio station.

2 .

a) [countable] a piece of electronic equipment, for example on a plane or ship, which can send and receive spoken messages

over the radio

We received a call for help over the ship’s radio.

b) [uncountable] when messages are sent or received in this way

by radio

We should be able to reach them by radio.

We’ve lost radio contact with the plane.

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■ verbs

▪ listen to the radio

She was sitting up in bed, listening to the radio.

▪ hear something on the radio

I heard on the radio that the weather was going to get warmer.

▪ turn/switch the radio on

Dad switched on the radio for the eight-thirty news.

▪ turn/switch the radio off

You can turn the radio off, darling, we're not listening to it.

▪ turn the radio down/up (=make it quieter or louder)

Can you turn your radio down a bit?

▪ tune a radio to a station (=make it receive broadcasts from a particular station)

The radio was tuned to a country-music station.

■ adjectives

▪ local radio

Jobs may be advertised in local newspapers or on local radio.

▪ national radio

He even went on national radio to defend himself and his players.

▪ state radio (=controlled by the government of a country)

In a message read on state radio and television, the president called for calm.

■ radio + NOUN

▪ a radio programme/show

It's my favourite radio programme.

▪ a radio station (=an organization that broadcasts radio programmes)

There are currently nearly 50 commercial radio stations.

▪ a radio broadcast

All radio broadcasts continue to be closely monitored by the government.

II. radio 2 BrE AmE verb [intransitive and transitive]

to send a message using a radio

radio for

The ship radioed for help.

radio somebody for something

We radioed London for permission to land.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.