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

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
The first illustration in the application is a photograph of an Arctic ground squirrel curled into its trademark hibernation pose, a nod to the small moment in 1992 that had altered the course of her life. Brendan I. Koerner, WIRED, 24 Nov. 2022 Source photograph for photo illustration: Nicole Bengiveno/San Francisco Examiner, via the Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley. Jesse Barron, New York Times, 21 Nov. 2022 Above them: an enormous photograph of the 1994 Stanley Cup Rangers. Zach Helfand, The New Yorker, 24 Oct. 2022 Notices should be limited to a few paragraphs and may be accompanied by a photograph, preferably a glossy black and white, which will be used on a space available basis. Jim Kordsmeier, Arkansas Online, 23 Oct. 2022 To celebrate the announcement, a new photograph of The Queen Consort, 75, was also shared, featuring Her Royal Highness with some of the Paddingtons and teddy bears. Shafiq Najib, Peoplemag, 16 Oct. 2022 Archival photograph showing Liverpool FC and England footballer Steve Heighway and a woman playing the computer tennis game Pong on the Videomaster games console. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, 14 Oct. 2022 The new portrait also includes a photograph of the late Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, her husband of 73 years, placed in the background. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 23 Sep. 2022 The photograph, taken two days before her death, is a study in gray. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, 13 Sep. 2022
Verb
Mandi Wilson, a university administrator from Essex, had a bingo card on her phone, made by her daughter, of sights to photograph while in the queue: an overflowing bin, a Union Jack, a crying child, a flask of tea. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, 17 Sep. 2022 McKeever was to surveil a house and photograph the people coming and going. Benjamin Weiser, BostonGlobe.com, 13 Nov. 2022 When Huy Luong went out to photograph the neighborhood for Vogue last Saturday, Bode was hosting a sale to support COVID relief in India, where much of her collection is produced. Emily Farra, Vogue, 22 May 2021 The man would not allow police to photograph his chest or the broken TV for evidence. cleveland, 30 Apr. 2021 Surveyors will also photograph the property and surrounding area, including sidewalks and trees, and assess ADA accessibility. Zachary Smith, cleveland, 28 Oct. 2022 Guests are welcome to pet and photograph them, but holding these critters is a no-no. Erinne Magee, BostonGlobe.com, 8 Sep. 2022 The family photograph the cartoon appears in shows Charette as a young girl with her two older siblings. Will Sloan, The New Yorker, 6 Sep. 2022 Tonia and her guides will actually photograph you with your horse for a true bonding experience. Jim Dobson, Forbes, 31 July 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

Time Traveler
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 3 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

photograph 1 of 2

noun

pho·​to·​graph ˈfōt-ə-ˌgraf How to pronounce photograph (audio)
: a picture obtained by photography

photograph

2 of 2

verb

1
: to take a photograph of
2
: to take photographs
3
: to be photographed
photographer
fə-ˈtäg-rə-fər
noun

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