pho·​to·​graph | \ ˈfō-tə-ˌgraf How to pronounce photograph (audio) \

Definition of photograph

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a picture or likeness obtained by photography


photographed; photographing; photographs

Definition of photograph (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to take a photograph of

intransitive verb

1 : to take a photograph
2 : to appear as an image in a photograph an actress who photographs well

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Synonyms for photograph

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of photograph in a Sentence

Noun I always take a lot of photographs when I travel. the old photograph was faded but still clear enough to make out Verb He photographed the women sitting on the bench. She was photographed in the studio.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun On the stage, Beatrice Roberson held a large photograph of her son, Jemel Roberson, who was shot and killed by a Midlothian police officer while working security outside a Robbins bar in 2018. Madeline Buckley,, "‘My son had dreams’: Mothers rally against police brutality in Chicago," 8 Aug. 2020 Each post consists of a photograph of a public figure talking on Zoom, framed by a home-office bookcase, with a wry commentary on what the choice of books on display might convey about the speaker. Richard Aldous, WSJ, "‘Richard Hofstadter’ Review: An Egghead and Proud of It," 7 Aug. 2020 The knifing isn’t the only mystery; also their father’s keeping odd hours and hiding a pretty woman’s photograph. John Domini, Star Tribune, "Review: 'The Boy in the Field,' by Margot Livesey," 7 Aug. 2020 The first photograph taken from the air was shot from a 260-foot-high hot air balloon in 1858. Meg Neal, Popular Mechanics, "Why Maps Are Civilization’s Greatest Tool," 6 Aug. 2020 The Intelligence Ministry published a photograph of him blindfolded. Jon Gambrell,, "Iran abducted California man while in Dubai, family says," 4 Aug. 2020 The post on the massive alligator, circulating widely on Facebook, shows a photograph of a large gator suspended by its neck from the loader of a piece of construction equipment. Ian Richardson, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Post online falsely claims 28-foot alligator shot in Florida," 4 Aug. 2020 Hopper was seen talking to his father in the background of the photograph. Alexia Fernandez,, "Sean Penn Has Dinner with Girlfriend Leila George and Son Hopper in L.A.," 30 July 2020 After growing up in the backdrop of a Slim Aarons photograph at her family’s Hotel Il Pellicano, Sciò received a degree in architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design before returning to Italy and taking over the family business. Laura Itzkowitz, House Beautiful, "How to Add Some Italian Seaside Style to Your Home This Summer," 16 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The sellers photograph their distressed products against white or gray backgrounds for maximum contrast. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Why Teens are Paying $325 for Beat-Up Jackets on Instagram," 3 Aug. 2020 No news organization was able to photograph the splashdown, which happened in the Gulf of Mexico, 40 miles off the coast of Pensacola, Florida. David Bauder, Star Tribune, "AP mistakenly sends photo meant to illustrate SpaceX return," 3 Aug. 2020 Mitch tells the art enthusiasts at Colossal that the Palouse, a scenic farm region on the Washington-Idaho border, is one of his favorite areas to photograph because of its verdant, flourishing fields. Tierney Mcafee, Country Living, "Photographer Mitch Rouse's Aerial Photos Capture Farmland from a Beautiful New Perspective," 25 May 2020 Her idea: to find moms in the area who had conceived during this storm and photograph them at eight months pregnant. Emma Baty, Redbook, "Photographer Takes Stunning Photos of Women Who Conceived Their Babies During the Same Hurricane," 26 May 2017 Unfortunately, out-of-town travelers have been urged not to visit Manhattan to photograph the sunset this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Editors, USA TODAY, "Trump's troop visit, states' plans, Disney's reopening: 5 things to know this weekend," 11 July 2020 This creates a plasma that the rover can photograph to understand its elemental composition. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "Will We Recognize Life on Mars When We See It?," 9 July 2020 When the ceremony was over, reporters were finally able to photograph the building’s front door. David Crawshaw, Washington Post, "Beijing’s secret police get a room with a view in Hong Kong," 8 July 2020 Harding was downtown to protest while Westfield was there to photograph the events, according to the lawsuit. Justin L. Mack, The Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis police protests: Two women file excessive force lawsuit against IMPD," 29 June 2020

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First Known Use of photograph


1839, in the meaning defined above


1839, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of photograph was in 1839

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11 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Photograph.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce photograph (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of photograph

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a picture made by a camera



English Language Learners Definition of photograph (Entry 2 of 2)

: to take a photograph of (someone or something)
: to appear in photographs


pho·​to·​graph | \ ˈfō-tə-ˌgraf How to pronounce photograph (audio) \

Kids Definition of photograph

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a picture taken by a camera


photographed; photographing

Kids Definition of photograph (Entry 2 of 2)

: to take a picture of with a camera

Other Words from photograph

photographer \ fə-​ˈtä-​grə-​fər \ noun

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