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 An aircraft crew member questioned by Turkish investigators identified Carlos Ghosn as being a passenger who transited through Ataturk airport after seeing a photograph. WSJ, "Corrections & Amplifications," 6 Jan. 2020 Reese showed the men still photographs of surveillance video captured outside the restaurant of Biles-Thomas, Gibson and the third man walking up to the apartment, and one of the witnesses pointed to Biles-Thomas, the prosecution’s motion says. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "Prosecutors refute defense claims that investigation into Cleveland New Year’s Eve 2018 triple shooting was improper," 3 Jan. 2020 Guests can dine or dance as LED spotlights swirl through the room, where framed photographs of Vogue Magazine covers, supermodels and old Hollywood stars decorate the walls. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, azcentral, "Tacos and sandwiches: 32 restaurants and bars that opened in December 2019 in metro Phoenix," 2 Jan. 2020 The records included photographs of the destruction in Azizabad and sworn testimony from the U.S. forces who planned and executed the operation. Brett Murphy, USA Today, "Inside the U.S. military raid against its own security guards that left dozens of Afghan children dead," 30 Dec. 2019 Police tracked him down after taking the unusual step last Friday of releasing photographs of him but not his name or any other identifying information. Arkansas Online, "Police release teen suspect in Barnard student's killing," 27 Dec. 2019 On Christmas Day, Kensington Palace released a new photograph of the Cambridge family. Vogue, "The Cambridge Kids Are Adorable In Their Newly-Released Christmas Card," 25 Dec. 2019 This year, the Queen can be seen surrounded by photographs of Prince Charles and Camilla, the Cambridges, her father King George VI, and Prince Philip, all of which sit on the tables in front of and behind her. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth Says This Year Has "Felt Quite Bumpy" at Times During Her Annual Christmas Message," 24 Dec. 2019 Notably absent are photographs of the Sussex family—no traces of Prince Harry, Duchess Meghan, or their son, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor, are in the official image. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Queen Elizabeth Features Photos of Royal Family Members in Preview of Christmas Day Address," 24 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That rumor was confirmed when they were photographed poolside at a hotel in Miami in November. Marie Claire, "2019 Was the Year of Public Licking," 31 Dec. 2019 An elderly Republican bought me a Crimson sweatshirt and photographed me wearing it for her charity’s promotional pamphlet. Emi Nietfeld, Longreads, "Self Portrait as a Human Interest Story," 13 Dec. 2019 She’d already been fingerprinted and photographed and was now about to have a hair plucked from her head to be preserved in a child identification kit. Arkansas Online, "EAST students prepare child ID kits for preschoolers," 2 Dec. 2019 After agreeing to let Antony photograph her, Margaret persuaded him to send one of the scantily clad pictures to a newspaper, where its publication sparked a minor scandal. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Who Is Roddy Llewellyn? Everything You Need to Know About Princess Margaret's Boyfriend," 23 Nov. 2019 Towards the end of summer, Brown took on an ambitious project at the request of the Sun: photographing her Baltimore over 24 hours. Sameer Rao,, "We gave this year’s Sondheim Artscape Prize winner 24 hours to photograph her Baltimore. Here’s what she saw.," 19 Nov. 2019 Photographer Danielle Levitt had the good luck to have been backstage at the step show, where she was asked by Owens and his wife, Michèle Lamy, to make a documentary about the dancers and photograph them for still portraits. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "“There’s Inspiration Everywhere”: Rick Owens on His Career Highs and His Two New Books," 24 Oct. 2019 In the indictment, authorities stated Davis touched the woman's breast, put his mouth on her bare breast and photographed her bare breasts with his cellphone, against the woman's will, and while she was handcuffed in the back seat of a patrol car. Mike Cruz, azcentral, "Arizona federal jury finds former Hopi law enforcement officer guilty of sexual assault," 18 Oct. 2019 People photograph it on their phone and return with donations later. The Economist, "How to feed a protest movement: cooking with Extinction Rebellion," 18 Oct. 2019

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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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10 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Photograph.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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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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