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

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 mass media attention on Bouman specifically can be attributed to the tweeted photo, and a push from journalists and the public to ensure that women’s accomplishments in the sciences are not overlooked, as has occurred many times in the past. Kristen Bobst, Teen Vogue, "Women Like Katie Bouman Helped Us See a Black Hole for the First Time," 12 Apr. 2019 Shawn ends up liking one of the photos, sending everyone into a frenzy. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Are Shawn Mendes and Justin Bieber Friends? Here’s All The Drama That’s Gone Down Between Them," 8 Apr. 2019 Standing next to Ty Pennington during our photo shoot was unreal. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "What It's Really Like to Be a Designer on Trading Spaces," 11 Mar. 2019 A week earlier, Mulroney offered a glimpse into her professional process on the set of her photo shoot. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jessica Mulroney Is the Real Fashion Royalty," 7 Mar. 2019 The second photo in his post, when scrolled right, depicts a curly-haired baby Jack, with his smiling pop. Kaitlin Menza, Woman's Day, "Luke Perry's Children Posted Tributes to Their Dad on Instagram," 6 Mar. 2019 One Georgia woman's unique spin on the classic boudoir photo shoot has us in stitches. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "This Grandma Posed for a Sexy Photo Shoot in a Bathtub Full of Knitting Supplies," 11 Jan. 2019 Some of her followers couldn't help but write negative comments about the photo. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "Pink Stuns Followers With the Perfect Response to Instagram Trolls," 8 Mar. 2019 To do it, pull your dough from one side and then fold it in as demonstrated in the photos. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Make Bread Even If You're a Beginner in the Kitchen," 8 Mar. 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 How to pronounce photo (audio) \
plural photos

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an enemy or opponent

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