tele·​vise | \ ˈte-lə-ˌvīz How to pronounce televise (audio) \
televised; televising

Definition of televise

transitive verb

: to broadcast (something, such as a baseball game) by television

intransitive verb

: to broadcast by television

Examples of televise in a Sentence

The same network will televise the tournament next year.
Recent Examples on the Web The networks that televise college football are adjusting to a smaller inventory of games because many conferences won’t be playing this fall because of the coronavirus pandemic. Joe Reedy,, "For college football on TV in 2020, ‘the season itself is the story’," 6 Sep. 2020 Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. at M.M. Roberts Stadium, with CBS Sports Network set to televise the game nationally. Creg Stephenson |, al, "South Alabama releases depth chart for opener vs. Southern Miss," 31 Aug. 2020 CBS Television Network will televise a game each Saturday during the seven-week series. oregonlive, "Portland Thorns return to NWSL action in September with four-game Fall Series," 25 Aug. 2020 As a result, KTXA-TV (Channel 21) will no longer televise high school football games, the station’s president and general manager Gary Schneider said Wednesday. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, "Televised high school football games will be moving from KTXA-TV (Channel 21) to CW33," 12 Aug. 2020 Tom Nunan of Forbes has even wondered why the broadcast networks televise the Emmys when the nominees and winners are so seldom from broadcast shows. Rich Heldenfels, Star Tribune, "Pop Culture Q&A: Why cable networks lack their own awards," 7 Aug. 2020 For example, Nashville, Tennessee cancelled their usual celebrations but will televise a fireworks show in honor of local frontline responders. Martha Sorren, Woman's Day, "How to Stream 4th of July Fireworks, Since You May Not Make it Out This Year," 12 June 2020 FOX Sports Arizona networks will televise the game as well as the Suns' next six. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, "Phoenix Suns leave July 7 for 2019-20 NBA season resumption at Walt Disney World Resort," 30 June 2020 This year’s production was pointedly aiming to televise a revolution. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "The BET Awards Were a Poignant Meditation on Racism in America," 29 June 2020

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First Known Use of televise

1926, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for televise

back-formation from television

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The first known use of televise was in 1926

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12 Sep 2020

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“Televise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of televise

: to broadcast (something) by television


tele·​vise | \ ˈte-lə-ˌvīz How to pronounce televise (audio) \
televised; televising

Kids Definition of televise

: to send (a program) by television

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