bio·​graph·​i·​cal | \ ˌbī-ə-ˈgra-fi-kəl How to pronounce biographical (audio) \
variants: or less commonly biographic \ ˌbī-​ə-​ˈgra-​fik How to pronounce biographic (audio) \

Definition of biographical

1 : of, relating to, or constituting biography
2 : consisting of biographies a biographical dictionary
3 : relating to a list briefly identifying persons biographical notes

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biographically \ ˌbī-​ə-​ˈgra-​fi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce biographically (audio) \ adverb

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The work was not only a brilliant exercise in reclamation but also an exploration of shifts in cultural temper and a shrewd meditation on biographical writing. Katherine A. Powers, WSJ, "‘L.E.L.’ Review: The Case of the ‘Female Byron’," 1 Mar. 2019 Analysis: Ads from the Democratic candidates in the county executive race have been largely biographical, but this GOP ad jumps straight to attack mode. Alison Knezevich,, "Baltimore County executive race: Redmer attacks McDonough in new TV ad," 11 June 2018 Employees from the capital’s human rights commission registered new arrivals with biographical data— such as age and country of origin— and placed yellow bracelets on wrists to keep count. Amy Guthrie, The Seattle Times, "Aid arrives for migrants at Mexico City stadium as US votes," 6 Nov. 2018 The cost can range from $20,000 for a photo album to $150,000 or more for a complete biographical study. William Middleton, Town & Country, "From Gates to Rockefeller, Wealthy Families Hire Personal Historians to Preserve Their Legacy," 26 Oct. 2018 Putnam’s pitch is largely biographical, with a heavy emphasis on creating jobs for young people who don’t have four-year college degrees. Steve Bousquet, miamiherald, "Adam Putnam's campaign for governor runs on barbecue and small towns. | Miami Herald," 26 Apr. 2018 Customs and Border Protection tries to verify the biographical information, flagging those with gang or terror affiliations. Jillian Kay Melchior, WSJ, "Is There a Crisis at the Border?," 5 Nov. 2018 One uses his image and some biographical information to create a Facebook page. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Online Scammers Won't Stop Impersonating This Four-Star Army General," 14 Aug. 2018 His visually beautiful, sly and idiosyncratic biographical portrait of the great 17th-century Italian artist is an enduring delight, and particularly interesting relative to contemporary discourse concerning artists behaving badly. Glenn Kenny, New York Times, "‘Caravaggio’ and Other Pleasures and Provocations for Pride Month," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of biographical

1714, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of biographical was in 1714

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English Language Learners Definition of biographical

: relating to or telling the story of a real person's life


bio·​graph·​i·​cal | \ ˌbī-ə-ˈgra-fi-kəl How to pronounce biographical (audio) \

Kids Definition of biographical

: of or relating to an account of a real person's life a biographical essay

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