photograph

1 of 2

noun

pho·​to·​graph ˈfō-tə-ˌgraf How to pronounce photograph (audio)
: a picture or likeness obtained by photography

photograph

2 of 2

verb

photographed; photographing; photographs

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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Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
At times Pim seems overindebted to Hofmann (though for any writer on Roth this would be hard to avoid): a reading of a photograph of Zweig and Roth together in 1936, for instance, closely echoes Hofmann’s account of it in A Life in Letters. Hermione Lee, The New York Review of Books, 21 Sep. 2022 Portraits by Deana Lawson and Shizuka Yokomizo, in which the subjects are willing participants who make choices about the ways in which they are documented, grapple with the power of the photograph to shape perceptions of others. Lori Waxman, Chicago Tribune, 20 Sep. 2022 The release of the poignant photograph comes hours after the United Kingdom observed a minute of silence in her memory at 8 p.m. this evening. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 18 Sep. 2022 Thomas’s concept — a three-dimensional fragment of a 1964 photograph of the Kings entwined after Martin’s Nobel Peace Prize win, his hands overlapping on her shoulder — drew from the intimacy of their relationship, not their public stature. Murray Whyte, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Sep. 2022 Like all of Tillmans’ major shows, every image on display is the artist’s personal print, which grants him full control over the quality and size of each photograph. Ella Feldman, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 Sep. 2022 The Justice Department would not comment on the specifics of the photograph. Arkansas Online, 2 Sep. 2022 An earlier version of this article and the caption of an accompanying photograph incorrectly said Mr. West witnessed the smokejumper’s death. Dan Frosch, WSJ, 1 Sep. 2022 American industrialist Samuel Colt filled his Hartford, Connecticut, home with more than 100 lithophanes and commissioned 111 lithophane versions of a photograph of himself to give to friends and associates. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 31 Aug. 2022
Verb
Imogen Cunningham planted flowers and vegetables in her Oakland, Calif., yard in order to photograph them. Richard B. Woodward, WSJ, 21 Sep. 2022 Lancaster was dared to by a friend to ask Stewart for his autograph, then she was later asked to photograph him at a concert. Effie Orfanides, Peoplemag, 16 Sep. 2022 The 27-year-old model has been very private about her daughter, asking for paparazzi not to photograph her and sharing only images that hide her face on social media. Aimée Lutkin, ELLE, 10 Sep. 2022 The class will provide tips and tricks anyone can use to photograph perched and flying hummingbirds and will feature more than 120 of Kaye’s photos. Jeanette Marantos, Los Angeles Times, 11 Aug. 2021 Every day, visitors stop to photograph his childhood home. Paul Schwartzman, Washington Post, 30 Aug. 2022 Page was one of a corps of young freelance journalists who would hop on US military helicopters to photograph some of the most intense action of the conflict. Alexandra Meeks, CNN, 25 Aug. 2022 Karsh, eager to photograph Churchill, had set up his lights and camera the night before, according to Karsh’s website. Mckenna Oxenden, BostonGlobe.com, 24 Aug. 2022 So why bother trying to photograph the peak of the Perseid meteor shower this year, which happens overnight on Friday/Saturday, August 12/13? Jamie Carter, Forbes, 10 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1839, in the meaning defined above

Verb

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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Cite this Entry

“Photograph.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/photograph. Accessed 7 Oct. 2022.

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Kids Definition

photograph 1 of 2

noun

pho·​to·​graph ˈfō-tə-ˌgraf How to pronounce photograph (audio)
: a picture taken by a camera

photograph

2 of 2

verb

photographed; photographing
: to take a picture of with a camera

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