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 There are so many people around, too, so making a clean photograph with a clean background is half the challenge. Kareem Elgazzar,, "Nailed it: How do you perfectly capture a pitch? Our photographer at spring training explains.," 18 Feb. 2020 Paige Vickers for Quartz There was a time when the only mention of a man’s family, during his long days of full-time work, was a single photograph propped at the edge of the desk. Cassie Werber, Quartz at Work, "B corporations are pushing to change the way the world works," 17 Feb. 2020 The Desert Sun reports that at Ellison’s upcoming fundraiser, for $100,000, guests can join a golf outing and take a photograph with the President. Madeleine Carlisle, Time, "Over 1,000 Alleged Oracle Employees Have Signed a Petition Demanding Founder Larry Ellison Cancel a Trump Fundraiser," 15 Feb. 2020 Undercover detectives also identified Juan Cardoza, 21, as one of the men involved in the armed robbery from a photograph. James Carr, azcentral, "1 man and 2 teens arrested after undercover gun deal in Glendale goes bad," 15 Feb. 2020 To make a single photograph in the 1850s, this heavy plate would have to be lugged on muleback across the wilderness, then lugged again back to civilization — without breaking it. Benjamin Lima, Dallas News, "‘The Perilous Texas Adventures of Mark Dion’ is unlike any other art exhibition," 14 Feb. 2020 Trump pardoned Gallagher on the charge of taking a photograph with the corpse of an ISIS fighter. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "John Kelly praises Vindman: 'Did exactly what we teach them to do'," 13 Feb. 2020 Democrats were focused on Mr. Trump’s handshake snub, which Ms. Pelosi later spotlighted on Twitter, along with a photograph of the president turning his back. New York Times, "Trump and Pelosi Exchange Snubs at the State of the Union Address," 3 Feb. 2020 Most recently, a photograph of two colliding galaxies, nicknamed the Bullet Cluster, exhibited a gravitational lensing effect—light that is bent due to immense gravity—that could not be explained by visible matter alone. Emily Toomey, Smithsonian Magazine, "New Generation of Dark Matter Experiments Gear Up to Search for Elusive Particle," 3 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Louie has photographed people working in some of the world’s most extreme environments, including a Bangledeshi garbage dump, an Indian jute mill, and a Moroccan tannery. Michael Hardy, Wired, "Meet the Sulfur Miners Risking Their Lives Inside a Volcano," 17 Feb. 2020 Agu photographed a number of the sites depicted in the nineteenth-century paintings and then distilled the images into sweeping composites, in which bayous and swamp reeds and oil refineries melt into one another and fade out like fog. Zachary Fine, The New York Review of Books, "Swampland Sublime: The Landscapes of Louisiana," 8 Feb. 2020 On Friday, journalists in Wuhan photographed an elderly man in a face mask who had collapsed on a sidewalk and died. CBS News, "Coronavirus cases hit 20,000 as first death reported outside of China," 3 Feb. 2020 Wildlife filmmakers Beverly and Dereck Joubert not only have photographed big cats in Africa, but started an initiative to buy conservation land and have persuaded some Masai people not to hunt them. Whitney Johnson, National Geographic, "The life-and-death story behind an acclaimed photo," 31 Jan. 2020 With the support of the Royal Photographic Society, the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, and Jewish News, Kate Middleton photographed two Holocaust survivors and their grandchildren. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "See Kate Middleton’s Moving Portraits of Holocaust Survivors and Their Families," 27 Jan. 2020 The Duchess also photographed Yvonne Bernstein with her granddaughter Chloe. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Prince William and Kate Middleton Commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day," 27 Jan. 2020 The Duchess also photographed Yvonne Bernstein with her granddaughter Chloe. Asia Ewart,, "Kate Middleton Reveals Two Portraits She Created For Holocaust Remembrance Day," 28 Jan. 2020 The duchess photographed Frank with his granddaughters, Maggie and Trixie. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, "Kate Middleton Just Shared Her Personal Portraits of Holocaust Survivors," 27 Jan. 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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21 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Photograph.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 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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