Main definitions of media in English

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media1

noun

  • 1usually the media[treated as singular or plural] The main means of mass communication (broadcasting, publishing, and the Internet), regarded collectively.

    ‘their demands were publicized by the media’
    [as modifier] ‘the campaign won media attention’
    • ‘Governments and the media should refrain from using doctors and patients to further their own agendas.’
    • ‘The news got passing attention in the media and made even less impact on share prices in the sector.’
    • ‘The health minister has been particularly prominent in the media in this regard.’
    • ‘Politicians should know by now that newspapers or the media do not campaign for any one at all.’
    • ‘However, in my opinion, the main responsibility of the media is to tell the truth.’
    • ‘Within days a wave of criticism was unleashed in the international media.’
    • ‘The role of medical journals and the media should not be ignored in that debate.’
    • ‘Perhaps the media attention will ensure that things turn out for the best.’
    • ‘Interest in the games has been fuelled by the huge exposure in the media, particularly on television.’
    • ‘The media barrage brought public attention, and led more people to become fans.’
    • ‘The international media has taken its eye off Zimbabwe, yet the suffering of its people has in no way abated.’
    • ‘It is in this regard that the media in Bulgaria has a vital role to play.’
    • ‘Of course, the most extreme views tend to make the best headlines, so they get all the media and public attention.’
    • ‘It all depends on confidence and what publicity the media gives to the market.’
    • ‘Even a minor fall in house prices is nowadays regarded as a signal for mass panic by the media.’
    • ‘It sparked a massive media appeal to find bone marrow donors for the four youngsters.’
    • ‘Despite that decent return, he has never won over the media or his coach.’
    • ‘It is often only the big, single-issue campaigns that capture the media's attention and excite the public.’
    • ‘Much of the news and information in the media originates from public relations sources.’
    • ‘Because of the media attention we would have expected an objective witness to come forward by this stage.’
  • 2

    plural form of medium

Usage

The word media comes from the Latin plural of medium. The traditional view is that it should therefore be treated as a plural noun in all its senses in English and be used with a plural rather than a singular verb: the media have not followed the reports (rather than has not followed). In practice, in the sense ‘broadcasting and the press, collectively,’ media behaves as a collective noun (like staff or clergy, for example), which means that it is now acceptable in standard English for it to take either a singular or a plural verb. The word is also increasingly used in the plural form medias, as if it had a conventional singular form media, especially when referring to different forms of new media, and in the sense ‘the material or form used by an artist’: there were great efforts made by the medias of the involved countriesabout 600 works in all genres and medias were submitted for review

Pronunciation:

media

/ˈmēdēə/

Main definitions of media in English

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media2

noun

  • 1Anatomy
    An intermediate layer, especially in the wall of a blood vessel.

    • ‘This sheet was placed around a tubular support to produce the media of the vessel.’
    • ‘The aortic wall is held together by a small section of intact media and adventitia.’
    • ‘Some veins do not possess smooth muscle fibers and, as a result, do not have a tunica media.’
    • ‘Alternatively, thickness of the carotid intima and media may be measured by using ultrasound.’
  • 2Phonetics
    A voiced unaspirated stop; (in Greek) a voiced stop.

Origin

Late 19th century: shortening of modern Latin tunica (or membrana) media middle sheath (or layer) media comes from Latin, feminine of medius middle and dates from the mid 19th century.

Pronunciation:

media

/ˈmēdēə/

Main definitions of media in English

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Media

proper noun

  • An ancient region of Asia, southwest of the Caspian Sea, corresponding approximately to present-day Azerbaijan, northwestern Iran, and northeastern Iraq.

Pronunciation:

Media

/ˈmēdēə/