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To partition something or a portion of something with a screen or other barrier to make it private or obscure it from view. A noun or pronoun can be used between "screen" and "off." To save money, Chris moved into the living room and screened off a space for his bed with an old bedsheet tacked up to the walls and ceiling. They've had to screen the movie set off with a giant makeshift fence so that onlookers don't learn any secrets about the film.
1. To act as a barrier in order to keep something from passing through to the other side. A noun or pronoun can be used between "screen" and "out." Their new smartphone app promises to screen out any calls from solicitors and scam artists. We've developed a new operating system mode for younger children that specifically screens mature or inappropriate content out as they browse the internet.
2. To deny admittance, acceptance, clearance, or approval to someone. A noun or pronoun can be used between "screen" and "out." I have a feeling they screened me out because I don't have a master's degree. The letting agency has been accused of screening out applicants based on their sexual orientation.
To separate, hide, or obscure something with a screen or similar barrier: I screened off the bed from the rest of the room with curtains. A high wall screens the porch off from the view of the ocean.
1. To prevent something from passing by using a filter; filter something out: This glass screens out the harmful ultraviolet rays. The e-mail filter identifies advertisements and screens them out.
2. To deny someone or something admittance or approval based on certain criteria: Background checks allow us to screen out all applicants with criminal records. They screened me out because I didn't meet the eligibility requirements.