pho·​to | \ˈfō-(ˌ)tō \
plural photos

Definition of photo 

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photoed; photoing; photos

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Synonyms for photo

Synonyms: Noun

photograph, pic, print, shot, snap, snapshot

Synonyms: Verb

mug, photograph, shoot, snap

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Examples of photo in a Sentence


We gave them a framed family photo for their anniversary. You aren't allowed to take photos inside the theater.


photoed the historic mansion for a decorating magazine
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The walls were covered with photos of Lindy in the Olympics, getting his medal, wearing a tuxedo at the New York Athletic Club, and hanging out with George Steinbrenner at Yankee Stadium. Lori Riley,, "Lindy Remigino, Won 2 Olympic Gold Medals, Hartford Icon, Dies At 87," 12 July 2018 Featured on the stage at the chapel was a photo of McNamara covering a basketball game, and a red Maryland basketball jersey bearing his last name. David Ginsburg, The Seattle Times, "Capital Gazette writer McNamara ‘always fair in his writing’," 10 July 2018 The process also involved mapping the mural by using what was left of it and going through old photos, along with consulting people familiar with the work, Coutts said, eventually stitching the artwork's original image back together. Cassie Dickman, sacbee, "Iconic Tower Records mural in downtown is getting a little love," 10 July 2018 The Regulars is a photo and video column that offers a glimpse into the lives of ordinary people in the Bay Area, caught in routine activities of modern urban life. Jessica Christian,, "Glass bender melds art, science to create and restore neon signs," 9 July 2018 Now, thanks to Photographing Tutankhamun, a traveling exhibition currently at Cambridge University’s Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, the public can finally view Burton’s photos, many of which were previously unpublished. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Rare Photographs Put Focus on Egyptians Who Worked Alongside Carter to Excavate Tutankhamun’s Tomb," 9 July 2018 In the videos and photos, Bieber and Baldwin can be seen exhibiting some major PDA while on vacation in the Bahamas, which is where the singer apparently proposed last night, via TMZ. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin Were Caught on Camera the Day of Their Engagement," 8 July 2018 They're often identified by photos, sketches, and burial maps. CBS News, "Rooted in history: Gettysburg's "Witness Trees"," 8 July 2018 Kids snapped photos around the village, proudly showing off their sweet treats from the sea. Anchorage Daily News, "Kivalina enjoys rare beluga whale harvest," 7 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

But this year's changes–on iOS especially–are expected to be less dramatic than last year's update, which included a redesigned control center, more photo effects, enhanced discovery in the App Store, driving safety features, and of course, ARKit. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "What to Expect from Apple’s Annual Software Conference," 1 June 2018 NOPD Second District Detective Jerry Baldwin asked the victim to identify the shooter from a six-person photo line-up that included Williams' picture. Marie Simoneaux,, "Gambling argument sparked Gert Town shooting, police say," 3 Oct. 2017 Some attendees came to see the latest in tattoo designs, be it photo-realistic portraiture or fantastical scenes straight out of a sci-fi movie. Charles Passy, WSJ, "Tattoo Artists Make Their Mark at Expo," 16 July 2017 Police said officers were given the name and number for the party's photographer, which led to Butler, and put his photo in a six-person photo lineup. Emily Lane,, "Argument at birthday party in Desire Area ends with man stabbed in neck: warrant," 11 Aug. 2017 That included a link to what the sender claimed was photo evidence of their affair. Nicole Perlroth, New York Times, "Spyware’s Odd Targets: Backers of Mexico’s Soda Tax," 11 Feb. 2017 Photo transitions happen on the beat, to give it a bit more pop. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Hands on with Microsoft's Story Remix, the new tool to make your photos pop," 15 May 2017 Photo gallery of Longmont Trojans vs. Thompson Valley Eagles at Longmont High School on April 15, 2017, in Longmont, Colorado. Justin Edmonds, The Denver Post, "PHOTOS: Thompson Valley defeats Longmont in Northern League baseball," 15 Apr. 2017 That included a link to what the sender claimed was photo evidence of their affair. Nicole Perlroth, Orange County Register, "Invasive spyware’s odd targets: Mexican advocates of soda tax," 12 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of photo


1860, in the meaning defined above


1868, in the meaning defined above


1878, in the meaning defined above

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plural photos

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