photograph

noun
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

photograph

verb
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

photo, pic, print, shot, snap, snapshot

Synonyms: Verb

mug, photo, shoot, snap

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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

Trump posed with what seemed to be members of a Navy SEAL team for photographs and then posted it on Twitter without blurring out their faces or obscuring their identity — which violates accepted security protocol. Alexia Underwood, Vox, "Trump’s secret trip to Iraq didn’t quite go as planned," 27 Dec. 2018 Keira Knightley is taking society's expectations for women's bodies before, during, and immediately after pregnancy—and that includes some thoughts on the expectations set on Kate Middleton to appear for photographs hours after giving birth. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "Keira Knightley Criticizes the Expectations Set on Kate Middleton After Giving Birth," 7 Oct. 2018 Brooklyn has expanded that show, mixing in more photographs, archival materials, three additional paintings, and Mesoamerican works that resemble those Kahlo and Rivera owned. Judith H. Dobrzynski, WSJ, "‘Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving’ Review: Searching for the Artist," 9 Feb. 2019 The Soviet Luna 3 mission took the first, grainy photographs of the far side of the Moon in 1959, and in 1962, NASA's Ranger spacecraft impacted the surface. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Here’s why China’s launch to the far side of the Moon is a big deal," 10 Dec. 2018 The application, filed on May 10th and published today, covers an algorithm that would identify elements of photographs — like faces or other details— and cross-reference them with other data to build a profile of an entire household. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "A Facebook patent would use your family photos to target ads," 15 Nov. 2018 There is a small corkboard next to his bed that his stepdad has Blu-tacked to the wall, covered in a mosaic of photographs of him with his friends, every single one of them smiling. Longreads, "Somewhere Under My Left Ribs: A Nurse’s Story," 31 May 2018 The finishing touch: One of Malin’s photographs, of course. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "Gray Malin Reveals His Twins' Beachy-Luxe Playroom," 26 Nov. 2018 Ivens, 25, documented the baby and dog's growing friendship through a series of unbelievably adorable photographs. Sasha Henriques, Woman's Day, "Baby and Bulldog Share the Same Birthday—and They Think They're Brothers," 30 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

This pedestrian-friendly medieval town features vibrantly colored buildings in yellows, pinks, and greens that are just begging to be photographed. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 25 most colorful cities in the world," 19 Feb. 2019 The future royal and her relatives were photographed playing tennis on Prince Charles’ courts. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Queen Elizabeth Helped Kate Middleton Stop Publication of Private Pictures Before She Married Prince William," 17 Feb. 2019 Two days after the accident, Prince Philip was photographed driving a different car and wearing no seat belt. Max Colchester, WSJ, "Prince Philip Won’t Be Charged Over Car Crash," 14 Feb. 2019 Reese Witherspoon was photographed leaving the party in extremely good spirits. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Yes, Brad Pitt Showed Up at Jennifer Aniston's Star-Studded 50th Birthday Party," 10 Feb. 2019 If Beale Street Could Talk), and Lachlan Watson (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) were also photographed for the big shoot. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Cole Sprouse Photographed Noah Centineo and Lana Condor and It’s Like a “Riverdale”/“TATBILB” Crossover," 15 Jan. 2019 Charles was photographed with the Bush family again in 2005, during another official visit to the United States. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Prince Charles Has Arrived at George H.W. Bush's Funeral," 5 Dec. 2018 Chambers was photographed at the bachelorette weekend with Chopra in Amsterdam. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "See All the Celebrity Guests Arriving for Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas' Wedding Weekend," 29 Nov. 2018 The two have been photographed together since 2011. Megan Friedman, Good Housekeeping, "Meg Ryan and John Mellencamp Are Engaged After Seven Years of Dating," 8 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of photograph

Noun

1839, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1839, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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More Definitions for photograph

photograph

noun

English Language Learners Definition of photograph

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a picture made by a camera

photograph

verb

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

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

photograph

noun
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

photograph

verb
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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