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noun [countable] scene pronunciation in British English /siːn/
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  1. 1
    a part of a play, book, film etc in which events happen in the same place or period of time

    a love scene

    opening/final scene:

    the opening scene of Macbeth

    film/shoot/rehearse a scene:

    We have to shoot this scene today.

  2. 2
    a view that you can see in a picture or from the place where you are

    She stood in the doorway surveying the scene.

  3. 3
    [usually singular] a place where something happens, usually something bad
    scene of:

    the scene of the crime/accident/attack

    on/at the scene:

    The paramedics will be at the scene within a few minutes.

    1. a.
      something that happens in a particular place
      describe/imagine/picture/visualize a scene:

      Picture a peaceful scene and try to relax.

      scene of:

      Eyewitness reports describe a scene of desolation.

  4. 4
    [usually singular] a particular interest or activity, and the people and places that are involved in it

    He is an important figure on the political scene.

    the music/rave/dance scene

  5. 5
    a noisy argument or a strong show of feelings in a public place
    make/cause a scene:

    Stop making such a scene!

  6. 6
    [usually singular] mainly American informal a situation

    There’s a bad scene at home right now.


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