Meaning of TELEVISION in English


tel ‧ e ‧ vi ‧ sion S1 W1 /ˈteləˌvɪʒ ə n, ˈtelɪˌvɪʒ ə n, ˌteləˈvɪʒ ə n/ BrE AmE noun

[ Date: 1900-2000 ; Language: French ; Origin: télévision , from télé- 'tele-' + vision ]

1 . [countable] ( also television set formal ) a piece of electronic equipment shaped like a box with a screen, on which you can watch programmes SYN TV :

Lucy turned on the television to watch the evening news.

They have a television in every room.


In everyday English, people usually say TV rather than television :

What's on TV tonight?

2 . [uncountable] the programmes broadcast in this way SYN TV :

In the evenings I like to relax and watch television.

3 . on (the) television broadcast or being broadcast on television:

What’s on television tonight?

4 . [uncountable] the business of making and broadcasting programmes on television SYN TV

in television

Jean works in television.

a television film crew

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■ verbs

▪ watch television

Mum was in the lounge watching television.

▪ see/watch something on television

She saw the race on television.

▪ turn/switch the television on/off

I switched off the television and went to bed.

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

Rory had turned the television up so loud that the people next door complained.

■ television + NOUN

▪ a television show/programme

Her favourite television programme was just starting.

▪ a television series (=a set of programmes with the same characters or subject, broadcast every day or every week)

He starred in the popular television series, ‘Friends’.

▪ a television film/movie (=a film that has been made to be shown on television, not in a cinema)

Ford appeared in several television movies.

▪ a television documentary

a television documentary about an important public issue

▪ the television news

There was nothing about it on the television news.

▪ a television screen

Bella’s eyes were fixed on the television screen.

▪ a television presenter British English

a well-known television presenter

▪ a television reporter/journalist

Grant was interviewed by a BBC television journalist.

▪ a television producer

a BBC television producer

▪ a television director

He’s a very successful television director.

▪ a television (film) crew

A television crew were allowed to film the meeting.

▪ a television actor/actress

Peebles is best known as a television actor.

■ ADJECTIVES/NOUN + television

▪ live television

The accident was shown on live television.

▪ national television

The President went on national television to appeal for calm.

▪ satellite/cable television

They have a dish for satellite television.

▪ digital television

the switchover to digital television

▪ terrestrial television British English (=television that is not broadcast using a satellite or cable)

Many of these matches are not available on terrestrial television.

▪ high definition/HD television

high definition television channels

▪ a widescreen television

Widescreen televisions are getting more popular, especially in home cinema systems.

▪ a plasma/LCD television

Each hotel room has a minibar and plasma television.

▪ a flat screen television

a buyer’s guide to the latest flat screen televisions

▪ a colour television

a 32 inch colour television

▪ a black-and-white television

They had an old black and white television in the garage.


► Do not say ' see/watch something in television '. Say see/watch something on television .

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▪ television/TV noun [uncountable and countable] the piece of electronic equipment shaped like a box on which you can watch programmes, or the programmes that are broadcast using this. In everyday English, people usually say TV :

Sometimes I don’t feel like doing anything except watching television.


A lot of people use the Internet for watching TV.


Can you turn on the television?


the TV Guide in the newspaper


There's nothing good on the TV.


Our TV set (=television) isn't working properly.

▪ the box/the telly British English ( also the tube American English ) noun [singular] informal a television, or the programmes that are broadcast on television:

Can you turn the telly down a bit?


What’s on the box tonight?


There's nothing good on the tube.

▪ satellite television ( also satellite TV ) noun [uncountable] television programmes that are broadcast using ↑ satellite s in space, and which you need a special piece of equipment to be able to watch:

Do you have satellite TV at home?


You can watch the game on satellite television.


a satellite dish (=the round thing that you put on your roof or the wall of your house in order to receive satellite television signals)

▪ terrestrial television television that is not broadcast by satellite or cable:

The company has secured the rights to broadcast the Championship on terrestrial television.

▪ cable television ( also cable TV , cable ) noun [uncountable] television programmes that are broadcast by ↑ cable (=tubes containing wires that carry television pictures) :

The program was first shown on cable.

▪ digital television ( also digital TV , digital ) noun [uncountable] programmes that are broadcast using ↑ digital signals, with more choice and better quality pictures than ordinary television:

The switchover to digital TV will take place between 2010 and 2012.

▪ widescreen television ( also widescreen TV ) noun [countable] a television that is much wider than it is high, and wider than an ordinary television. Widescreen televisions are used for programmes that are broadcast using ↑ digital signals:

There was a massive widescreen TV in the living room.


Widescreen TV is good for watching films.

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