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

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 photograph was taken by Jamie Kelter Davis, not George Ethredge. New York Times, 14 Jan. 2022 The orbital complex was flying 263 miles above the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean when this photograph was taken. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 12 Jan. 2022 That famous photograph was taken of Duchamp and Eve Babitz at that same table, playing chess naked. Rachel Monroe, The New Yorker, 4 Jan. 2022 This photograph was part of a four-month long photo-essay on the spectacular season of fall as seen through my lens., 28 Dec. 2021 According to the release, the photograph is of the black hole located in Centaurus A, a giant elliptical galaxy that is located 12 million light-years away from our planet. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 26 Dec. 2021 The photograph was taken without Hepp’s knowledge or consent. Jack Greiner, The Enquirer, 20 Dec. 2021 The photograph was among dozens of personal items to turn up far from home in the aftermath of the tornadoes that sowed a path of destruction across six states. Washington Post, 12 Dec. 2021 While the photograph published this month is the first of the planet since it has been identified, b Centauri (AB)b was imaged but unrecognized in previous telescope captures, researchers said. NBC News, 9 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb These Sentry Smart Meters accept coins and electronic payments and are designed to photograph license plates and ticket violators. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 19 Jan. 2022 One time, many years ago, the zoo’s photographer came around dawn to photograph a new baby camel who had just been born, says Jacobson. Washington Post, 17 Jan. 2022 It’s one of the reasons that Marchand and Meffre drove over 300 miles from Texas to photograph this particular space. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Jan. 2022 In March 2020, Sheriff Alex Villanueva confirmed to reporters that only the county coroner's office and investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board were permitted to photograph the crash scene. Vanessa Etienne,, 6 Jan. 2022 Her faced was covered with cuts when a police detective arrived at the hospital to photograph her injuries. Emilie Eaton, San Antonio Express-News, 28 Dec. 2021 However, on Christmas morning, a new orbital telescope is scheduled to be launched that will challenge Hubble's claim to supremacy and allow astronomers to photograph the very first stars and galaxies that came into existence. Don Lincoln, CNN, 24 Dec. 2021 A few months after starting to photograph the story of two Black midwives in L.A., photographer Dania Maxwell became pregnant with her second baby. Times Photography Staff, Los Angeles Times, 20 Dec. 2021 Together, Landsat 8 and Landsat 9 would be able to photograph most places every eight days. Paul Overberg And, WSJ, 9 Dec. 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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20 Jan 2022

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“Photograph.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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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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