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

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photoed; photoing; photos

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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 For the seasonal message, Middleton shared a photo of her posing in front of a festive array of gold and white balloons, wearing a chic velvet top, glittery trousers, and chunky suede heels. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Cambridge Children Will Decorate the Middleton Family Christmas Tree Via Video Call This Year," 13 Nov. 2020 The entertainer and former Love & Hip Hop: New York star announced the good news via Instagram through her media brand which shared a photo of Ali sitting in the hospital doting over her newborn baby. Essence, "Rah Ali Has Given Birth To Her Rainbow Baby, A Daughter," 12 Nov. 2020 Jean also shared a sweet photo from the couple's wedding in 1990, which shows Alex putting a wedding band on her finger. Danielle Garrand, CBS News, "Alex Trebek's widow Jean shares heartwarming thank you message after star's death: "Your expressions have truly touched our hearts"," 12 Nov. 2020 As has now become customary in his collecting process, Ojeda did some research on the first baseman who later became the first African American general manager of a World Series champion team before posting a photo to his Instagram. Laura Furr Mericas, Chron, "Hakeem vs. Shaq and other Houston sports stories told through cups," 11 Nov. 2020 Yvette Nicole Brown shared a photo with Belasco along with a heartfelt message. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "Bert Belasco, 'Let's Stay Together' star, dead at 38," 10 Nov. 2020 Princess Diana's brother, Charles, Earl Spencer, shared a sweet photo from their childhood on Twitter over the weekend. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Princess Diana's Brother, Charles Spencer, Shared a Rare Photo From Their Childhood," 9 Nov. 2020 LeBron James endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Monday, posting a photo of the former vice president and running mate Sen. Kamala Harris on Instagram. cleveland, "LeBron James officially endorses Joe Biden for president," 3 Nov. 2020 Now, Cox herself has addressed the subject, posting a photo to Instagram on Halloween of the actress revisiting that hairstyle with help from Ghostface. Clark Collis,, "Courteney Cox revisited her Scream 3 bangs for Halloween," 1 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The 11-year-old later identified Bates as the suspect after being shown a photo array of suspects, according to the complaint. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Police searching for suspect who entered 2 homes on Milwaukee's north side and sexually assaulted girls," 11 Nov. 2020 In some states, a non-photo ID with your name and address, such as a utility bill or bank statement, is required. Cynthia Gordy Giwa, ProPublica, "A Guide to In-Person Voting vs. Mail-In Voting," 22 Oct. 2020 The statue towered just outside the front door, and a photo parade of sheepish-looking riders in camo lined the walls inside. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Traditions from Hunting Camp," 11 Oct. 2020 And the fact that my car was part of a photo moment at Halloween Road, sitting atop Jack Skellington’s spiral hill, has already cracked me up a dozen times. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "Halloween drive-thru: In COVID times, is a spooky car experience worth the trip?," 15 Oct. 2020 Towering overhead will be a 30-foot Christmas tree, perfect for photo opportunities. Matthew J. Palm,, "Orlando Arts Season Preview 2020-21: Festivals & Fun," 22 Sep. 2020 Seventeen other states also accept non-photo identification such as a bank statement with a name and address. Washington Post, "Court to examine North Carolina’s new law that requires photo IDs for voting," 11 Sep. 2020 There will also be numerous door prizes, as well as photo booths in which to have a little fun. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, "Doc's Morning Line: Nope, I'm not writing about the long odds facing Joe Burrow this year," 10 Sep. 2020 For more ideas from Jessica Levinson's kitchen and mine too, check out the photo gallery at top. Lisa Drayer, CNN, "6 ways to make healthy, simple kids' lunches in an unusual school year," 3 Sep. 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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“Photo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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