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 In the photograph Beatrice, 32, smiles in a pair of sunglasses while posing outside beside Edoardo, 38. Lanford Beard,, 17 July 2021 Artist Renee Cox dramatically recreates signers of the Constitution with modern-day women and men of color in a 12-by 15-foot photograph intended to deconstruct stereotypes. Mary Lou Cruz,, 16 July 2021 This photograph by 16-year-old Bonita Vista High School student Paola Martinez captures the big-splash spirit of the summer of 2021, with its bright promise of possibility after so much darkness. Karla Peterson Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 July 2021 The photograph reads like a case study in emotional intelligence. Washington Post, 15 July 2021 O’Malley said both of the women picked out the man’s photograph and were overcome with emotion. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, 10 July 2021 In 2009, a photograph was published that showed Phelps holding a water pipe used to smoke marijuana. Chiara Vercellone, USA TODAY, 8 July 2021 Beneath the photograph, a caption read: local sad boy. Sally Rooney, The New Yorker, 5 July 2021 Chandler Powell shared a sweet photograph over the weekend as wife Bindi Irwin introduced their newborn daughter to some baby kangaroos. Maria Pasquini,, 4 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb To participate, bring your catch to the Monee Reservoir Visitor Center, and staff will measure, photograph and record the fish. Paul Eisenberg,, 1 July 2021 Those nominated for the competition are granting permission to the garden club to photograph their property and to display winning entries at Summerfest and on the club’s Facebook page. Carol Kovach, cleveland, 29 June 2021 Aboard Juno are several instruments designed to photograph the moon and gather more data on its composition and icy shell. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 June 2021 The probe will photograph massive, gnarled rock formations called tesserae. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 3 June 2021 When Eastman Kodak introduced the inexpensive Brownie camera at the dawn of the 20th century, the masses could easily photograph each other. Washington Post, 12 May 2021 Wide-angle lens can distort size in photos Wide-angle lenses are generally used to photograph landscapes and crowded interiors. Stephen J. Beard, USA TODAY, 7 May 2021 McIntyre had responded to a shooting call nearby at Northeast 66th Avenue and Thompson to photograph the scene and collect evidence. oregonlive, 26 Feb. 2021 Now that the main counting is complete, workers have been reassigned to help photograph each ballot as part of a second stage of the review designed to ensure that no phony ballots have been slipped in. Bob Christie, ajc, 15 June 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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19 Jul 2021

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“Photograph.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jul. 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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