A recording of moving pictures and sound, especially as a digital file, DVD, etc
I'd far rather go to the theatre than watch a video.
noun (plural videos)
1 (also videotape) tape in a plastic box (called a cassette) on which a film, TV programme or real event is recorded:
You can get this film on video or on DVD.
We stayed at home and watched a video.
They made a video of the wedding.
2 (British) (also video recorder) a machine connected to a television, that you use for recording or showing programmes:
Have you set the video?
I. vid‧e‧o1 S1 W2 /ˈvɪdiəʊ $ -dioʊ/ BrE AmE noun (plural videos)
1. [uncountable and countable] a copy of a film or television programme, or a series of events, recorded on ↑videotape
hire a video British English rent a video American English:
How much does it cost to hire videos?
Let’s stay at home and watch a video.
Rewind the video right to the beginning.
The school will be making a video of the play.
The movie has not yet been released on video.
coming soon to a video store near you
2. [countable] a plastic box containing special tape for recording programmes and films on television SYN videotape, video cassette:
Have we got a blank video (=one with nothing recorded on it yet) anywhere?
3. [countable] British English a machine used to record television programmes or show videos SYN VCR, video cassette recorder
programme/set the video
Can you set the video to record the football match?
4. [uncountable] the process of recording or showing television programmes, films, real events etc on ↑videotape:
The course aims to help children learn through video.
5. [countable] a short film that is made to go with a particular piece of popular music SYN music video
6. [countable] a ↑digital recording of an event, for example one made using a ↑mobile phone:
a video clip shown on the Internet
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COLLOCATIONS (for Meaning 4)
■ video + NOUN
▪ video footage Police are currently studying video footage to identify the rioters.
▪ a video recording Can a video recording of an interview with a child be used in a court as evidence?
▪ a video image (=a moving picture on a video) Video images of the surgery are sent to a special lecture theatre, so that students can observe.
▪ a video clip (=a short video) You can download video clips from the Internet.
▪ video evidence (=a recording of events, used in a court) Video evidence of illegal activities can later be used in court.
▪ record something on video She had no idea that her purchase was being recorded on video.
▪ be captured/caught on video (=recorded on video) The crime was captured on video.
video [video videos] noun, verb [ˈvɪdiəʊ] [ˈvɪdioʊ]
noun (pl. videos)
1. (also video·tape) uncountable, countable a type of magnetic tape used for recording moving pictures and sound; a box containing this tape, also called a video cassette
• The movie will be released on video in June.
• Do we have a blank video?
2. uncountable a system of recording moving pictures and sound, either using videotape or a digital method of storing data
• A wedding is the perfect subject for video.
• the use of video in schools
3. countable a copy of a film/movie, programme, etc. that is recorded on videotape
• a video of ‘ET’
• a home video (= not a professional one)
• a video shop/store
4. (also ˈmusic video) countable a short film made by a pop or rock band to be shown with a song when it is played on television
5. (also ˈvideo clip) countable a short film or recording of an event, made using digital technology and viewed on a computer, especially over the Internet
• The school made a short promotional video.
• Upload your videos and share them with friends and family online.
6. countable (BrE) = video cassette recorder
• to programme the video to record the football match
1930s: from Latin videre ‘to see’, on the pattern of audio.
go to/take sb to (see) a film/movie
go to/sit in (BrE) the cinema/(NAmE) the (movie) theater
rent a film/movie/DVD
download a film/movie/video
burn/copy/rip a DVD
see/watch a film/movie/DVD/video/preview/trailer
show/screen a film/movie
promote/distribute/review a film/movie
(BrE) be on at the cinema
be released on/come out on/be out on DVD
captivate/delight/grip/thrill the audience
do well/badly at the box office
get a lot of/live up to the hype
write/co-write a film/movie/script/screenplay
direct/produce/make/shoot/edit a film/movie/sequel/video
make a romantic comedy/a thriller/an action movie
do/work on a sequel/remake
film/shoot the opening scene/an action sequence/footage (of sth)
compose/create/do/write the soundtrack
cut/edit (out) a scene/sequence
have/get/do an audition
get/have/play a leading/starring/supporting role
play a character/James Bond/the bad guy
act in/appear in/star in a film/movie/remake
do/perform/attempt a stunt
work in/make it big in Hollywood
forge/carve/make/pursue a career in Hollywood
the camera pulls back/pans over sth/zooms in (on sth)
the camera focuses on sth/lingers on sth
shoot sb/show sb in extreme close-up
use odd/unusual camera angles
be filmed/shot on location/in a studio
be set/take place in London/in the '60s
have a happy ending/plot twist
• An amateur video of the crash failed to reveal the cause.
• Did you remember to set the video for ‘EastEnders’?
• He posted a video on his website
• I can't find the video channel on this television.
• She started making a video diary of her life.
• The band are in Iceland doing a video shoot.
• The children can sit for hours watching videos.
• The film is already out on video.
• The group's new video will be released next month.
• The infamous video nasty is now a cult film.
• The jury watched video footage of the riots.
• The speech was broadcast via a video link to thousands standing outside.
• The thief was caught on video as he pocketed watches and rings.
• Their teacher showed them a video about the Inuit.
• They produce educational videos for learning languages.
• They sell both blank and pre-recorded videos.
• This article and the accompanying video takes you through each stage step by step.
• Video files can be readily transmitted over digital broadband.
• We rent videos nearly every weekend.
• You need a broadband Internet connection to stream video online.
• a review of the latest video releases
• a security video of the attack
• The school made a short promotional video.
• You can view and share video clips on this website.
Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary - 4th Edition
video / ˈvɪd.i.əʊ / / -oʊ / noun ( plural videos ) (FILM)
A2 [ U or C ] a recording of moving pictures and sound, especially as a digital file, DVD, etc.:
My new laptop handles video really well.
People can upload videos of their pets to this website.
We had a video made of our wedding.
"Avatar" is now available on video.
→ See also tape noun (RECORDING)
A2 [ C ] ( also music video ) a short film made to advertise a popular song
video / ˈvɪd.i.əʊ / / -oʊ / noun [ C ] ( plural videos ) (MACHINE)
UK for videocassette recorder
© Cambridge University Press 2013
(videos, videoing, videoed)
Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.
A video is a film or television programme recorded on tape for people to watch on a television set.
...the makers of films and videos.
Video is the system of recording films and events on tape so that people can watch them on a television set.
She has watched the race on video.
...manufacturers of audio and video equipment.
N-UNCOUNT: oft on N
A video is a machine that you can use to record television programmes and play videotapes on a television set. (mainly BRIT; in AM, usually use VCR)
He’d set the video for 8.00.
= video recorder, VCR
If you video a television programme or event, you record it on tape using a video recorder or video camera, so that you can watch it later. (mainly BRIT; in AM, usually use tape, videotape)
She had been videoing the highlights of the tournament...
= videotape, tape
VERB: V n
Video is a system by which you can see television images or films on your computer, rather than on a television set.
1vid·eo /ˈvɪdijoʊ/ noun, pl -eos
1 [count] : a movie, television show, event, etc., that has been recorded onto a videocassette, DVD, etc., so that it can be watched on a television or computer screen
• We're going to rent a couple of videos to watch this weekend.
• She was talking about a popular video she saw on the Internet.
• The video of their wedding was made by a professional company.
• They showed us some of their home videos. [=recordings that they had made using a video camera]
2 [noncount] : 1videotape 1
• The movie is available on video and DVD.
3 [count] : a recorded performance of a song in which visual images are shown together with the music
• a TV channel that plays videos all day
• Her latest music video was first released on the Internet.
4 [noncount] : the moving images that are seen in a recording or broadcast
• The audio is OK but there's a problem with the video.