photograph

noun
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

photograph

verb
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

photo, pic, print, shot, snap, snapshot

Synonyms: Verb

mug, photo, shoot, snap

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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

Whereas Tate has always seemed ethereal and elusive, like someone in an old photograph, Robbie’s performance is exuberant and in full color, like a match that’s just been lit. Irina Aleksander, Vogue, "Margot Robbie on Quentin Tarantino, Marriage, and the One Word She Hates Being Called," 6 June 2019 Mounted in collaboration with the Johnsville Centrifuge and Science Museum, the show features film clips, a replica of a spacecraft, Navy flight clothing, photographs, historic artifacts, and multimedia components. Stephan Salisbury, https://www.inquirer.com, "N.C. Wyeth, Penn Museum’s moving sphinx, Gee’s Bend quilters, and more museum highlights," 5 June 2019 One particular Dior ensemble—a custom couture creation, inspired by an iconic 1947 photograph—has gotten everyone talking. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "People Are Freaking Out Over Elle Fanning's Cannes Film Festival 2019 Fashion," 22 May 2019 Today marks Princess Charlotte's fourth birthday, and to celebrate the special occasion, Buckingham Palace recently shared adorable photographs lensed by her mother, the Duchess of Cambridge. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Charlotte Wore the Same Shoes as Prince George for Her Birthday Portrait," 2 May 2019 Ochsendorf says Tallon was able to make those scans work visually by pairing them with a panoramic photograph from the same spot, creating a near-realistic image of the space. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "Rebuilding History: How 21st-Century Tech Can Save Medieval Notre Dame," 16 Apr. 2019 Medium to low resolution (or somewhat distant) photographs and videos, for example. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "How spray-on hair does (and doesn’t) work," 17 Dec. 2018 The glamorous photographs showed Khloé in a metallic gold, long-sleeve maxi dress with a plunging neckline and thigh-high slit. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Khloé Kardashian Had a Major Photoshop Fail That Gave Her 14 Fingers," 9 Apr. 2019 Corrections & Amplifications An earlier caption with the photograph showing a technician monitoring cryptocurrency mining rigs at a Bitfarms facility in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, incorrectly labeled it as Eric Larchevêque, the CEO of Ledger. Paul Vigna, WSJ, "Bitcoin Is in the Dumps, Spreading Gloom Over Crypto World," 19 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Mandrykina agreed both to be interviewed and photographed for it. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "How L.G.B.T. Couples in Russia Decide Whether to Leave the Country," 6 June 2019 The judge sided with the media and allowed the trial to be photographed. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "Trial begins for man accused of killing wife in Ahwatukee, fleeing to India," 4 June 2019 Plus offers the same services as the original plan—list your car for a $99 fee—but adds the dispatching of a professional photographer to photograph your car for $249. Andrew Wendler, Car and Driver, "Bring a Trailer Goes Posh as Auction Site Starts “White Glove” Service by Selling Its Own Mercedes Gullwing at No Reserve," 17 May 2019 The council visited 45 communities in Western Alaska in 2018 to photograph dilapidated public safety buildings and count police officers. Kyle Hopkins, ProPublica, "ProPublica’s Local Reporting Network," 16 May 2019 Another one of his early thematic projects was photographing hands and carefully crafting prints. Jeremy Hallock, star-telegram, "Black and white photography master Dave Heath brings 'Solitude' to the Amon Carter," 20 June 2018 Butcher, who had previously lived in California and photographed landscapes there, wasn't impressed by Florida as a creative subject. Tamara Lush, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Florida photographer explores surrealist artist Salvador Dali's roots," 18 June 2018 Earlier this week, he was photographed alongside model (and general famous person) Hailey Baldwin on a coffee run wearing too-baggy sweatpants and a huge-ass sweatshirt combo. Tyler Watamanuk, GQ, "Justin Bieber Is Back, and on a Baggy Outfit Kick," 15 June 2018 Howard found genuine First World War uniforms online and photographed actors posing in them. Anna Russell, The New Yorker, "There’s No First World War Memorial on the National Mall?," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of photograph

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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More Definitions for photograph

photograph

noun

English Language Learners Definition of photograph

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a picture made by a camera

photograph

verb

English Language Learners Definition of photograph (Entry 2 of 2)

: to take a photograph of (someone or something)
: to appear in photographs

photograph

noun
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

photograph

verb
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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