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Synonyms and Antonyms of picture

  1. 1 a two-dimensional design intended to look like a person or thing <using only watercolors, she produced a strikingly lifelike picture of her mother> Synonyms icon (also ikon), illustration, image, likeness Related Words delineation, depiction, representation, resemblance, view; portrait; daub, drawing, finger painting; etching, silhouette, sketch, watercolor; caricature, cartoon, doodle; collage, montage, photograph; hieroglyph, hieroglyphic, ideogram, ideograph; pictograph; diagram

  2. 2 a story told by means of a series of continuously projected pictures and a sound track <the actor's latest picture is another thriller> Synonyms film, flick, flicker, motion picture, moving picture, movieRelated Words animated cartoon, cartoon, docudrama, documentary, feature, featurette, short, short subject; silent, talkie; B movie, B picture, cofeature

  3. 3 a vivid representation in words of someone or something <the newspaper report gives a detailed picture of the current situation in that troubled country> Synonyms definition, delineation, depiction, description, portrait, portraiture, portrayal, rendering, sketch, vignetteRelated Words account, anecdote, chronicle, narrative, report, story, tale, yarn; demonstration, exemplification, illustration; clarification, elucidation, explanation, explication, exposition

  4. 4 position with regard to conditions and circumstances <when personal opinion becomes part of the picture, the journalist isn't just reporting the news> Synonyms ball game, deal, footing, situation, posture, scene, status, storyRelated Words rank, standing; place, spot, state; score, status quo

  5. 5 something or someone that strongly resembles another <the young teen is the very picture of her mother> Synonyms alter ego, carbon, carbon copy, clone, counterpart, doppelgänger (or doppelganger), double, duplicate, duplication, facsimile, fetch, likeness, look-alike, match, mirror image, image, replica, ringer, spit, spitting image, twinRelated Words Chinese copy; effigy, portrait, portrayal; companion, fellow, mate; equal, equivalent; analogue (or analog), parallelNear Antonyms antithesis, converse, opposite, reverse

  6. 6 something imagined or pictured in the mind <I think I get the picture: you want me to leave> Synonyms abstraction, cogitation, concept, conception, image, impression, intellection, mind's eye, notion, idea, thoughtRelated Words apprehension, premonition, presentiment; preconception, prejudice, prepossession; chimera, delusion, hallucination, illusion, phantasm (also fantasm); caprice, conceit, fancy, freak, kink, vagary, whim; cognition, observation, perception, reflection; assumption, belief, conclusion, conviction; conjecture, guess, hunch, hypothesis, speculation, supposition, surmise, theory; brainchild, brainstorm, brain wave, inspirationNear Antonyms actuality, fact, reality

  7. 7 pictures pl  the art or business of making a movie <hoping for a career in pictures> Synonyms big screen, cinema, film, filmdom, filmland, filmmaking, moviemaking, pictures, screen, silver screenRelated Words Bollywood, Hollywood; showbiz, show business



Synonyms and Antonyms of picture

  1. 1 to present a picture of <the famous painting that pictures the Founding Fathers signing the Declaration of Independence> Synonyms depict, image, portray, represent Related Words delineate, describe, document, render; outline, silhouette, sketch; illustrate, show; diagram; caricature

  2. 2 to form a mental picture of <could easily picture the mining town from the vivid description of it in the author's memoirs> Synonyms conceit [chiefly dialect], conceive, conjure (up), dream, envisage, envision, fancy, fantasize, fantasy, feature, ideate, image, imagine, see, vision, visualizeRelated Words daydream, stargaze; hallucinate; re-create, reflect, relive, reminisce; contemplate, meditate, muse, ponder, ruminate; concoct, fabricate, invent, make up, manufacture, plan, project; foresee, prefigure

  3. 3 to give a representation or account of in words <pictured the sailing ship in vivid language> Synonyms delineate, depict, draw, image, limn, paint, describe, portray, render, set out, sketchRelated Words characterize, define, label, qualify, represent; demonstrate, illustrate; narrate, recite, recount, rehearse, relate, report, tell; display, exhibit, show; hint, suggest; draft, outline, silhouette, trace, vignette; summarize, sum up, touch off; redescribe, reimageNear Antonyms color, distort, falsify, garble, misdescribe, misrepresent, misstate, pervert, twist, warp

  4. 4 to make a representation of by producing lines on a surface <the next assignment is to picture your own face using colored pencils> Synonyms drawRelated Words caricature, cartoon; crayon, ink, pencil; outline, profile; scrawl, scribble, sketch

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