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pho·​to ˈfō-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce photo (audio)
plural photos


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photoed; photoing; photos


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Examples of photo in a Sentence

Noun We gave them a framed family photo for their anniversary. You aren't allowed to take photos inside the theater. Verb photoed the historic mansion for a decorating magazine
Recent Examples on the Web
Here, the best photos of celebs out and about this week. People Staff, Peoplemag, 27 Nov. 2023 In photos, her whole family—including her father, Weiny Machado—can be seen wearing shirts featuring Ana’s face and a personal quote. Hanna Lustig, Glamour, 27 Nov. 2023 Pope Francis given intravenous antibiotics for lung inflammation See photos of White House holiday decorations Rosalynn Carter lies in repose in Atlanta as mourners pay their respects Kathryn Watson Kathryn Watson is a politics reporter for CBS News Digital based in Washington, D.C. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, 27 Nov. 2023 The Alliance’s focus is on generative AI (or GAI), which is being used to create new materials like photos, video or audio. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 Nov. 2023 An Instagram account that appeared to belong to him showed photos of farm life, cooking and machinery before it was taken down. Erik Ortiz, NBC News, 27 Nov. 2023 The official Chiefs account shared news of Kelce’s latest record, along with a photo of him celebrating Kansas City’s 31-17 victory against Las Vegas on the field Sunday afternoon. Hannah Dailey, Billboard, 27 Nov. 2023 What about the cover photo with the two of them on the motorcycle? Chris Willman, Variety, 26 Nov. 2023 The caption is merely a 💕 emoji because, really, the photo speaks for itself. Marci Robin, Allure, 15 Nov. 2023
And number four, what better surroundings for a photo marble room on Euclid Avenue in downtown Cleveland? And rounding out the top five is another Tremont staple, the Bourbon Street Barrel Room. Staff Reports, cleveland, 7 Aug. 2023 Your passport photo should be sharp — not blurry, grainy, or pixelated — and printed on photo-quality paper. Travel + Leisure Editors, Travel + Leisure, 21 June 2023 Photo illustration by Fortune; coin photo by Getty Images So far, the main impact of the SEC lawsuit against Binance appears to be the crippling of its U.S. arm. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 13 June 2023 Succession, in a certain light, seems more like a photo negative version of Aaron Sorkin’s The West Wing. Phillip MacIak, The New Republic, 26 May 2023 One thing that’s not there yet is photo integration. Tom Warren, The Verge, 26 Apr. 2023 And while Google’s stock did take a hit for an error its Bard chatbot made, no one seemed upset that the demos weren’t live.) – Midjourney released the fifth generation of its text-to-image generation software, which can produce very professional-looking, photo realistic images. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 21 Mar. 2023 Her photo-album approach inevitably played to the nostalgia of an audience that’s grown up with Swift. Mikael Wood, Anchorage Daily News, 19 Mar. 2023 Flex your family knowledge with this multi-photo frame. Sophie Dweck, Town & Country, 24 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1860, in the meaning defined above


1868, in the meaning defined above


1878, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of photo was in 1860

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“Photo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 3 noun
pho·​to ˈfōt-ō How to pronounce photo (audio)
plural photos


2 of 3 verb


3 of 3 adjective

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