Definition of video in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈvɪdɪəʊ/

noun (plural videos)

1 [mass noun] The recording, reproducing, or broadcasting of moving visual images: it’s a great option for anyone looking to start using video to talk over the Net [as modifier]: video equipment
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  • The trust has provided seven school systems with audio and video equipment, including, of course, free cable.
  • He moved to visual images and video after he came to the Media Lab.
  • And in terms of picture quality, broadcast video beats streaming video in most cases.
2A recording of moving visual images made digitally or on videotape: she could post videos of the event on the Internet they sat down to watch a video [as modifier]: a site on which people can post their own video clips
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  • He was taken to Halifax police station and shown a video of unused material filmed as part of a BBC undercover documentary, Secret Agent, screened last year.
  • It happened less than a month after he met her, while they watched a video of Ingmar Bergman's Persona.
  • The picture quality is clear and bright, but only four of the videos are filmed in widescreen, and none are anamorphic.
2.1A short film made by a pop or rock group to accompany a song: a pop video
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  • Bowie then introduces a video from CBC television of footage from Ethiopia, cut to the Cars' song ‘Drive’.
  • The video that accompanied the song showed a map of Britain with a target sign across it.
  • Riffing on campy styles ranging from karaoke to '80s rock videos, the tunes are both catchy and hilarious.
2.2British A video recorder: he set the video
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  • We went out to dine last night, so I set the video to tape Maria Callas: Living and Dying for Art and Love.
2.3A video cassette: a blank video [as modifier]: a video library [mass noun]: the film will soon be released on video
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  • On video, the shots just seem to bounce off him - he is not known for his skill but for his ruggedness and aggression, so it should be an exciting fight.
  • Just convert your entire video library into DVD discs using a DVD recorder.
  • I have it on cassette tapes and videos, the many times he has thanked me for being, and staying in his corner from the very beginning.

verb (videos, videoing, videoed)

[with object] chiefly British
1Make a video recording of (something broadcast on television): how many programmes have you videoed and never managed to watch?
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  • So to ease my pain I've been videoing chunks of afternoon television to remind myself that the cosy world of midweek inactivity isn't necessarily as rosy as I remember.
  • I shall be videoing the television coverage, and may even tune in if rain stops play in the Sri Lanka test match, but shan't give it much thought.
  • Some residents have resorted to asking friends, unaffected by the interference, to video a programme for them as it is the only way they can watch it clearly.
2Film with a video camera: he videoed our wedding
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  • Tom Hardwick gave a wonderful illustrated lecture on how to video a wedding.
  • What made it an even greater pleasure was that parents and pals were taking photographs and videoing the whole thing.
  • While others photographed and videoed the wreck, my buddy and I explored it close-up, venturing into the helicopter hangar among other places.


1930s: from Latin videre 'to see', on the pattern of audio.

  • view from Middle English:

    View goes back to Latin videre ‘to see’. Review (Late Middle English), first recorded as a noun denoting a formal inspection of military or naval forces, is literally a re-viewing. Video [1930s] is the Latin for ‘I see’ just as audio is the Latin for ‘I hear’. Visa (mid 19th century), evidence that your right to enter a country has been checked, is a shortening of Latin charta visa literally ‘seen paper’.

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