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 Giuffre’s lawsuit against Andrew includes a photograph of him with his arm around her waist, with Maxwell smiling in the background., 13 Sep. 2021 These are all the alternative image forms that would typically take an age to collate, photograph, capture, procure and ingest. Adrian Bridgwater, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021 There’s a photograph of Madonna, by Herb Ritts in the ’80s, of her with Minnie Mouse ears. Helena Madden, Robb Report, 4 Sep. 2021 This photograph, by photojournalist Wally Skalij alludes to a feeling of release. Los Angeles Times, 1 Sep. 2021 Indeed, the book contains a photograph of the Oregon Board of Control, composed of Gov. Hatfield, Secretary McCall and State Treasurer Bob Straub (also an Oregon governor from 1975-1979). oregonlive, 26 Aug. 2021 The writer of the piece said the photograph, caption and credit information were provided by Massimine. New York Times, 16 Aug. 2021 Among a clutter of paint jars, scattered colored pencils and drawers jam-packed with works on paper, Flack rediscovered a 1980 photograph, taken during a visit with the abstract expressionist Willem de Kooning in his studio. Samantha Baskind, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 Aug. 2021 There was no identifying photograph or other information, other than a location set to Bern, Switzerland. Washington Post, 10 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Fascinated by science, Hiro sought to photograph the Apollo 11 space launch for Harper’s Bazaar in 1969. Washington Post, 20 Aug. 2021 First: Clean the animal, and photograph it in front of a wall with a measurement marker to show its exact height, or next to a shepherd to give at least a sense of size. New York Times, 11 Aug. 2021 Last June more than 100 people gathered to watch and photograph Bruno in Scott County, Iowa, according to the Des Moines Register. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 July 2021 Students are also challenging residents to photograph the beauty of their hometown and share it on social media with the hashtag #lovewhereyoulive. Paul Eisenberg,, 27 May 2021 During the next months, Matar would photograph hundreds of people through their windows — shielding from the invisible virus stalking the land. Matthew J. Palm,, 13 Apr. 2021 Globe photographer Craig Walker would like to meet people that have found or are still searching for their path to peace during COVID-19, photograph them, and share their stories., 10 Mar. 2021 Diamonds and couture do not photograph well on Zoom. CNN, 17 July 2021 If asking someone else to fold, arrange and photograph your clothes sounds painfully absurd, remember, this account is a competition. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, 9 Aug. 2021

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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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“Photograph.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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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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