Definition of movie in English:



North American
  • 1A story or event recorded by a camera as a set of moving images and shown in a theater or on television; a motion picture.

    • ‘So every time a good kids' movie comes out, he takes them to see it before I can.’
    • ‘Dawson, 25, of Los Angeles, was filming a movie called This Revolution, published reports said.’
    • ‘Over the next year, we're going to see several movies based on the events of that day.’
    • ‘The underlined movies are the movies on the list that I own.’
    • ‘Jeepers Creepers is not a typical teen slasher movie, though it easily could have veered off onto that path.’
    • ‘Many scary movies have been made about ghosts.’
    • ‘Maybe I've been renting too many teen movies, but I'm craving my slice of the American pie.’
    • ‘The Surrealists loved bad movies, seeing them as subversive attacks on the tyranny of narrative form.’
    • ‘For the past 10 years he has been directing made-for-TV movies.’
    • ‘Consequently, it provides excellent fodder for a blockbuster action movie.’
    • ‘Characters in television serials and movies have great influence on the viewers.’
    • ‘Individuals like Ray realized that bad monster movies were basically fun.’
    • ‘Like many of you, I watched classic monster movies on Saturday nights as a child.’
    • ‘Both movies utilized non-linear stories, but only Pulp Fiction ended in the middle of the story.’
    • ‘My sensibility has been shaped as much by movies and television and pop music as it has by books.’
    • ‘There is a movement afoot to release movies to both theaters and DVD at the same time.’
    • ‘Yes, scary movies do seem to be for the sole purpose of clinging to someone.’
    • ‘The essence of the Walt Disney company is the ability to tell stories through movies and theme parks.’
    • ‘As far as movies and television are concerned, the total amount we watch isn't likely to change much.’
    • ‘So you liked the blockbuster movie, but don't have time to read the book.’
    film, picture, motion picture, feature, feature film
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    1. 1.1A movie theater.
      ‘we decided to go to the movies’
      • ‘One of the best things about going to the movies, as every regular cinema-goer knows, is the trailers.’
      • ‘Because you know, going to the movies is meant to be a fun outing, it's meant to be an enjoyable experience.’
      • ‘There was this real communal kind of feeling about going to the movies, and I loved all that.’
      • ‘I am planning to see this movie at least another 2 times while it is still at the movies!’
      • ‘A year after the event, the health minister resigned and the government announced that in future heatwaves, everybody should go to the movies because they're air-conditioned.’
      • ‘A trip to the movies in Korea shares much in common with a trip to the movies in any other country.’
      • ‘He would take us to the movies and we loved the way they dressed in 1940s black-and-white films.’
    2. 1.2Motion pictures generally or the motion-picture industry.
      ‘a lifelong love of the movies’
      • ‘The majority of the ones I encounter are underpaid yet have a great love for the movies.’
      • ‘And though the movies are starting to change and we have the odd Lara Croft, there is still a way to go.’
      • ‘When I landed a job at the STAR newspaper I thought it would be like journalism in the movies.’
      • ‘After 40 years of living in France, only now has this community begun to exist in the movies.’
      • ‘The result is incredibly cinematic, and manages not to trivialise the imagination and atmosphere of the movies.’
      • ‘I grabbed her, picked her up, and swung her around like they do in the movies.’
      • ‘Unlike in the movies, this commencement was long, boring and very unsatisfying.’
      • ‘Like in the movies, big names guarantee a big audience on Broadway.’
      • ‘Caine then tells Parkinson about his love for the movies, and the main reasons he became an actor.’
      • ‘You don't need to be a film buff to enjoy the movies or a football fanatic to watch a game.’
      • ‘Probably the best spider scene ever in the movies is in merely an addendum to a film.’
      • ‘Believe me it's far more difficult to know what to say to an unconscious loved one than the movies make out.’
      • ‘Young filmmakers hoping to make it in the movies are showcasing their work next week.’
      • ‘One of the things I find funniest is invented rituals in the movies.’
      • ‘If it wasn't for the one busted knee I could be in the movies now you know.’
      • ‘He has one of those over the top Parisian accents you hear in the movies.’
      • ‘As much of an asset to the movies as he is to the stage, there are many cinema-goers who hope he doesn't stay away from the screen for too long.’
      • ‘Youngsters will be given the chance to act out some of their favourite scenes from the movies at a stunt camp being run in the city over the summer.’
      • ‘I teased him that he was like the pool guy in the movies, who goes around servicing all the bored housewives.’
      • ‘She looked like one of those artificially aged people in the movies, with their grey skin, grey hair and faux wrinkles.’
      the cinema, the pictures, the silver screen, the big screen
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