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

Definition of photo

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photoed; photoing; photos

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Synonyms for photo

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Her only acknowledgment of the news was a 2019 Essence cover photo that revealed her ring; it was confirmed by her less-private co-stars. Brittany Spanos, Rolling Stone, "Issa Rae," 15 Apr. 2021 The post-race party keeps the colors going with dancing, music, photo ops and more. Patrick Connolly,, "Ready to run? Central Florida has upcoming beer 5K, mud run and more," 15 Apr. 2021 The photo of Shuba shaking Robinson’s hand ran in newspapers throughout the country. Chris Lamb, USA TODAY, "On Jackie Robinson Day, remembering 'The Handshake of the Century'," 15 Apr. 2021 Lopez’s Instagram has been silent since a Sunday photo of her flashing a peace-out sign. Los Angeles Times, "Alex Rodriguez tagged Jennifer Lopez in an odd video before announcing their breakup," 15 Apr. 2021 In this August 30, 2019, photo, Layla Taloo visits the Ninewa Palace Hotel, where she was once brought by her Islamic State militant captor in Mosul, Iraq. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, "Winners of the 2021 World Press Photo Contest," 15 Apr. 2021 One photo taken by Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, shows the Duke of Edinburgh relaxed at home and surrounded by seven great-grandchildren, including the future monarch Prince George. NBC News, "Royal family shares new Prince Philip photos ahead of funeral on Saturday," 15 Apr. 2021 This, of course, led to Internet conjecture about the identity of a remixer so mysterious that her artist page on Spotify has only a blank space where the photo should be. Katie Bain, Billboard, "Meet Elvira, The Swedish Producer Behind Those Taylor Swift Dance Remixes," 15 Apr. 2021 There are clues, riddles, photo challenges, historic locations, 10 major landmarks in downtown Hartford. Susan Dunne,, "Clues, riddles and photo challenges: Scavenger hunt in downtown Hartford benefits children’s hospital," 15 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The Wolves had a photo reel of her before the game and has an honorary set with her jersey lit up before the national anthem. Chris Hine, Star Tribune, "Chris Finch excited about pending Wolves sale to Alex Rodriguez," 11 Apr. 2021 Beginning April 8, visitors will be allowed to remove their masks for photo opportunities when outside. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "Walt Disney World Updates Face Mask Guidance," 7 Apr. 2021 His mother always had a photo camera in hand or a VHS camera rolling. Megan Armstrong, The Indianapolis Star, "Justin Bieber’s Justice album: How friends made the cover together with an Indiana twist," 19 Mar. 2021 The woman identified Grant in a photo lineup of six men, police said. Meredith Colias-pete,, "Hammond man charged with shooting at woman with AR-15 rifle," 15 Mar. 2021 In 2014, the organization pointed out the use of live owls tied to a pedestal in the opening ceremony and at photo opportunities during the opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Osaka, Japan. Emma Pocock, Forbes, "Warner Bros. Confirms No More Live Owls At Harry Potter Theme Parks & Shows," 12 Mar. 2021 Police used the iPhone to identify the suspect and the woman positively identified him in a photo lineup in order to press charges and file for a protection order. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Hotel thief leaves smartphone in room after seeing the light: Orange Police Blotter," 3 Oct. 2020 Check back later for a photo gallery from the game. oregonlive, "Pendleton makes the long drive, then dominates Parkrose in Portland," 5 Mar. 2021 Seventeen other states also accept non-photo identification such as a bank statement with a name and address. Washington Post, "Court upholds North Carolina’s voter identification law," 2 Dec. 2020

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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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17 Apr 2021

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“Photo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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

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