screen - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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present tense
present participlescreening
past tensescreened
past participlescreened
  1. 1
    to test someone to find out if they have a particular illness
    screen someone for something:

    He recommends screening pregnant women for diabetes.

  2. 2
    mainly journalism to broadcast a television programme, or to show a film

    The series is currently being screened on BBC2 on Fridays.

  3. 3
    to hide someone or something by being in front of them
    screen something from something:

    A line of fir trees screened the house from the road.

  4. 4
    to get information in order to decide whether someone is suitable for something, for example a job
    1. a.
      to check something to decide whether it is suitable, especially for someone else

      So many journalists were phoning him that he decided to screen his calls.