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 protests appear to have been sparked by visitors sharing photos of the exhibit on social media. Isabel Debre, The Seattle Times, "‘McJesus’ sculpture sparks outrage among Israel’s Christians," 14 Jan. 2019 He's also posted photos of himself holding a tiny Wren, cuddling with a lamb, and playing with a chicken. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton's Younger Brother James Just Made His Instagram Public," 11 Jan. 2019 Occasionally, Joan gets updates on past clients: One mom sends a back-to-school photo each year. Tracy Saelinger, Woman's Day, "This Nurse Helps New Moms When They're Most Vulnerable," 8 Jan. 2019 Sega posted a photo of a sheep on the Bayonetta news feed this week, which calls to mind a prominent element of the 2011 puzzle game—and just in time for the PS4 remaster, due to release later this year. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Super Meat Boy for free, Sega teases a Catherine port," 4 Jan. 2019 Billy Ray Cyrus just shared some photos on his Instagram featuring the rest of Miley's family at the reception. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Billy Ray Cyrus Shares Sweet Pictures from Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth's Wedding," 28 Dec. 2018 Judi was there to take photos of the whole family together, often staying past her shift’s end to spend extra time with them. Kate Bennis, Good Housekeeping, "These Angel Gowns Bring Comfort to Grieving Families," 26 Dec. 2018 SpaceX released photos of its Crew Dragon spacecraft this week, and the company showed off the vehicle's built-in solar arrays as well as its Falcon 9 launch vehicle being integrated for launch. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Rokot ending, more spaceports, back-to-back Falcon Heavies," 21 Dec. 2018 Gigi noticeably didn't share any photos with Zayn over the holidays, but she was seen with friends at Taylor Swift's costume party on New Year's Eve, sans Malik. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik Have Reportedly Broken Up Again," 3 Jan. 2019

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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The first known use of photo was in 1860

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pho·​to | \ ˈfō-tō \
plural photos

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