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.

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Minutes before the nationally televised broadcast began, a comedian warming up the crowd mentioned there would be no swimsuit competition, drawing loud boos from the audience. Fox News, "Miss America Pageant sees large decline in ratings after dropping swimsuit competition," 12 Sep. 2018 The rivals spent more time attacking each other than Republicans during a raucous, televised event at the Shubert Theatre in New Haven. Neil Vigdor,, "Rival Democrats Ned Lamont And Joe Ganim Exchange Barbs In Raucous Debate," 12 July 2018 With just 10 days left before early voting begins, the seven major Democratic candidates in the race for Maryland governor on Tuesday are scheduled to engage in their longest televised debate yet. Erin Cox,, "Democratic candidates for Maryland governor to debate today as campaign enters final stretch," 5 June 2018 And then, of course, there’s RuPaul’s Drag Race, which turned drag ball culture into a televised competition. Because of LGBTQ culture’s impact on the mainstream since the ‘80s, the competition scenes in Paris is Burning don’t look strange or dated. Noel Murray, The Verge, "Get ready for Ryan Murphy’s Pose by watching Paris is Burning this weekend," 1 June 2018 The nationally televised event featured 14 fights, headlined by Rafael Carvalho and Melvin Manhoef’s bout for the middleweight world championship. Rachel Roberts, idahostatesman, "She fought Ronda Rousey and Amanda Nunes. Now this UFC fighter is headed to Boise. | Idaho Statesman," 20 Apr. 2018 The minister was the military official who announced the takeover in a televised address. Vonnie Quinn,, "Zimbabwe Working on Logistics for Diaspora Vote, Moyo Says," 16 Apr. 2018 The Met Gala isn't televised, but there will be plenty of live streams to watch the celebrities walk up the notorious Met Gala stairs. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "The 2019 Met Gala Is Coming—Here's What You Need to Know," 1 Feb. 2019 In the decades since the Globes began to be televised, though, many musicians have walked the red carpet, mostly due to the Best Song category (Madonna, Barbra Streisand, Donna Summer, and more have been nominated). Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "How Musicians Shook Up the Golden Globes Red Carpet: Beyoncé, Björk, and More," 3 Jan. 2019

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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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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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