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 The quiche gets made, photographs are looked through, notebooks read, cigarettes smoked (off stage). Alexandra Enders, The New York Review of Books, "Cracking Open the Ordinary in the Plays of Richard Nelson," 26 May 2020 So, instead of the articles, photographs or graphics that normally appear on the front page of The New York Times, on Sunday there’s just a list: a long, solemn list of people whose lives were lost to the coronavirus pandemic. Isabella Kwai, New York Times, "Hong Kong, Dominic Cummings, New Zealand: Your Monday Briefing," 25 May 2020 But the most agonizing loss of property in the home is usually family mementos, especially photographs. Linda Gandee, cleveland, "What to do when water destroys precious photos," 25 May 2020 Journalists, including senior editors from the website, have spoken publicly about being ordered to change headlines and photographs and remove or add content to boost the prime minister’s image. Ruth Eglash, Washington Post, "Netanyahu’s corruption trial opens with a sitting Israeli premier in the dock for the first time," 24 May 2020 Curators will preserve objects, photographs and documents that will live permanently in the museum's collection. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus live updates: Trump says he won't 'close the country' if there's a new wave; Alaska reopens; Memorial Day travel will be 'weak'," 22 May 2020 Brož spent a decade skeptically scrutinizing Martian photographs and trying to argue that certain features proved that the volcanic outcroppings were rocky. Charlie Wood, Popular Science, "Mud volcanoes on Mars hint at ancient water reservoirs," 21 May 2020 To me, there's no better souvenir than a photograph. Alex Erdekian, Condé Nast Traveler, "Everything You Need to Finally Organize All Your Old Trip Photos," 20 May 2020 In 1968, The News published a photograph from the Oak Cliff Pier 1 Imports location. Meagan Hurley, Dallas News, "Pier 1 Imports’ heyday saw it as a hippie haven for quirky kitsch," 20 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The man was photographed by shoppers at Vons in Santee, California, on May 2, while wearing the white hood, face fully covered except for two holes around the eyes. Hollie Silverman, CNN, "Man who wore what appeared to be a KKK white hood to the grocery store won't be charged with a crime," 12 May 2020 Randy Wulker Randy Wulker, owner of Wulker Plumbing, is photographed inside of the supply area of his Loveland office., "Heroes among us: Cincinnati essential workers who are battling on the frontlines," 6 May 2020 Musician San Cha is photographed at her home in Highland Park. Los Angeles Times, "The explosive musical storytelling of San Cha puts the Goth in ranchera," 1 May 2020 Earlier this month, Pence was photographed arriving in Colorado Springs and being greeted by Polis, who wore a face mask emblazoned with images of his state’s flag., "Trump says he won’t extend social distancing guidelines," 29 Apr. 2020 The former senior royals have been photographed volunteering with Project Angel Food, an L.A. organization that prepares and delivers healthy meals to those affected by COVID-19 and other illnesses. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, "How Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Are Reportedly Cooking in Quarantine Is So Relatable," 22 Apr. 2020 Pugh and Braff were photographed wearing gloves while out and stocking up on groceries. Alexia Fernandez,, "A Timeline of Florence Pugh and Zach Braff's Relationship: From Just Friends to Defending Their Love," 9 Apr. 2020 Last week, Giuliani photographed the doctors and nurses who are treating dozens of coronavirus patients at Pesaro’s San Salvatore hospital. Amy Weiss-meyer, The Atlantic, "The Visible Exhaustion of Doctors and Nurses Fighting the Coronavirus," 28 Mar. 2020 Trump was photographed standing next to Brazil’s presidential press secretary, Fabio Wajngarten, who tested positive three days later. Chronicle Staff,, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: March 14-15," 24 Apr. 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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29 May 2020

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“Photograph.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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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