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Syllabification: tel·e·vi·sion
Pronunciation: /ˈteləˌviZHən

Definition of television in English:


1A system for transmitting visual images and sound that are reproduced on screens, chiefly used to broadcast programs for entertainment, information, and education.
Example sentences
  • Method of transmitting radio and television signals that promises better-quality picture and sound, and a wider choice of channels.
  • By analogy, that term came to be applied to transmitting radio or television signals over a wide area.
  • Analog closed circuit television systems require that video tapes be changed daily or at least every other day.
1.1The activity, profession, or medium of broadcasting on television: neither of my children showed the merest inclination to follow me into television [as modifier]: television news
More example sentences
  • Our news columns and television broadcasts fail consistently to reflect this diversity.
  • Audiences for broadcast television news are suffering a downward flutter.
  • The same could be said of the rapid response medium of television news - viewers are now used to seeing human destruction as it happens.
1.2Television programs: Dan was sitting on the sofa watching television
More example sentences
  • I'm not cut out to spend evenings on the sofa watching television and going to bed early.
  • Most television, particularly network programs, has gone from vast wasteland to empty universe.
  • I thought very little of it as I got out of the bath, as I wrapped myself in dressing gown, as I walked through the house and lay down on the sofa to watch television.
2 (also television set) A device that receives television signals and reproduces them on a screen.
Example sentences
  • They have made provision by buying big screen televisions for spectators.
  • The race will be shown on big screens and televisions around the grounds.
  • At the moment, flat screen televisions are still the sort of thing that only corporate money can buy.


early 20th century: from tele- 'at a distance' + vision.


on (the) television

Being broadcast by television; appearing in a television program: Norman was on television yesterday

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