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

Upton posted a photo on Instagram with the #PregnantinMiami. Stephen Ruiz,, "Justin Verlander, Kate Upton expect first child," 14 July 2018 Justin Bieber also posted an Instagram photo of himself and his fiancée, Hailey Baldwin, making out in a pool. Meagan Fredette,, "Are Justin Bieber & Ariana Grande Trying To One-Up Each Other On PDA?," 14 July 2018 Late Tuesday, the 22-year-old Caupain posted a photo on Instagram of a contract signing, thanking the Magic. Dave Clark,, "Troy Caupain fills another NBA Summer League stat sheet for Orlando Magic," 13 July 2018 The team’s Twitter account posted a photo of Sir Purr clutching the two awards from the NFL Mascot Summit in Indianapolis in his paws. Mike Reader, charlotteobserver, "‘You’re the best.’ The Panthers’ Sir Purr and his video really are, vote NFL mascots.," 13 July 2018 While working for a small department in North Dakota, Fritz posted photos of himself on an adult website in various states of undress, with his uniform visible in some of them, Bedford said. Tom Jackman, Washington Post, "In police sexual misconduct case, Michigan woman sues officer she accused of assault," 13 July 2018 The news of the home invasion broke on Tuesday, when an Instagram user who identified herself as Cordon’s best friend posted photos of Cordon’s bruised and bloody face. Jenny Vrentas,, "Everything We Know About the Allegations Against LeSean McCoy," 12 July 2018 Smith joined Instagram less than a year ago and has already amassed almost 18 million followers, and has used the platform to post life advice, adorable throwback photos of his family, and share his new music. Esme Douglas,, "Will Smith makes an extreme #InMyFeelingsChallenge video," 12 July 2018 On July 9, Benton posted a photo of his brand-new tattoo, which was fresh both literally and figuratively. Melissa Locker, Time, "World Cup Player Loves That This Fan Got a Tattoo of His Face After Viral Promise," 10 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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The first known use of photo was in 1860

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pho·to | \ ˈfō-tō \
plural photos

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alleviating pain or harshness

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