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1 the art or business of making a movie
  • he was a star of both stage and screen

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2 means or method of defending
  • the target will be difficult to reach as it is behind a screen of anti-aircraft batteries

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1 to drive danger or attack away from
  • attack helicopters were called in to help screen the troops from further attacks

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2 to keep secret or shut off from view
  • bushes screened the swimming pool from passersby on the street

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3 to pass through a filter
  • you should screen the cooking oil to remove impurities

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4 to place a protective layer over
  • screened his eyes with his hand to block the sun

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How is the word screen distinct from other similar verbs?

Some common synonyms of screen are bury, conceal, hide, and secrete. While all these words mean "to withhold or withdraw from sight," screen implies an interposing of something that prevents discovery.

a house screened by trees

When would bury be a good substitute for screen?

The synonyms bury and screen are sometimes interchangeable, but bury implies covering up so as to hide completely.

buried the treasure

When might conceal be a better fit than screen?

The words conceal and screen can be used in similar contexts, but conceal usually does imply intent and often specifically implies a refusal to divulge.

concealed the weapon

When could hide be used to replace screen?

The meanings of hide and screen largely overlap; however, hide may or may not suggest intent.

hide in the closet

a house hidden in the woods

Where would secrete be a reasonable alternative to screen?

While in some cases nearly identical to screen, secrete suggests a depositing in a place unknown to others.

secreted the amulet inside his shirt

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The first known use of screen was in the 14th century

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“Screen.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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