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noun pic·ture \ˈpik-chər\

: a painting, drawing, or photograph of someone or something

: an idea of how something or someone looks, of what something is like, etc.

: a general situation

Full Definition of PICTURE

1
:  a design or representation made by various means (as painting, drawing, or photography)
2
a :  a description so vivid or graphic as to suggest a mental image or give an accurate idea of something <the book gives a detailed picture of what is happening>
b :  a mental image
3
:  image, copy <he was the picture of his father> <she was the very picture of health>
4
a :  a transitory visible image or reproduction
b :  motion picture
c plural :  movies
5
:  tableau 2
6
:  situation <took a hard look at his financial picture>

Examples of PICTURE

  1. I hung the picture on the wall.
  2. The book has a lot of pictures.
  3. Draw a picture of your house.
  4. The staff looked at the financial picture of the company.
  5. The overall economic picture is improving.

Origin of PICTURE

Middle English, from Latin pictura, from pictus, past participle of pingere to paint — more at paint
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Fine Arts Terms

Gothic, baroque, bas-relief, limn, oeuvre, pastiche, rococo, sfumato

Rhymes with PICTURE

2picture

verb

: to have a thought, understanding, or idea about (something or someone)

: to show or represent (someone or something) in a painting, drawing, or photograph

: to describe (something or someone) in a particular way

pic·turedpic·tur·ing \ˈpik-chə-riŋ, ˈpik-shriŋ\

Full Definition of PICTURE

transitive verb
1
:  to paint or draw a representation, image, or visual conception of :  depict; also :  illustrate
2
:  to describe graphically in words
3
:  to form a mental image of :  imagine

Examples of PICTURE

  1. I can still picture the house I grew up in.
  2. I can't picture changing jobs at this point in my life.
  3. Picture what it would be like if you didn't own a car.
  4. Can you picture him as a teacher?

First Known Use of PICTURE

15th century
PICTURED Defined for Kids

1picture

noun pic·ture \ˈpik-chər\

Definition of PICTURE for Kids

1
:  an image of something or someone formed on a surface (as by drawing, painting, printing, or photography)
2
:  an idea of what someone or something might look like or be like <The book gives a picture of frontier life.>
3
:  a perfect example of something <She is the picture of health.>
4
:  movie 1
5
:  an image on the screen of a television set

2picture

verb
pic·turedpic·tur·ing

Definition of PICTURE for Kids

1
:  to show or represent in a drawing, painting, or photograph <The artist pictured her leaning on a fence.>
2
:  to form an idea or mental image of :  imagine <I can't picture myself skiing.>
3
:  to describe in a particular way <The story pictured him as a gentle person.>

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