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pho·​to·​graph ˈfō-tə-ˌgraf How to pronounce photograph (audio)
: a picture or likeness obtained by photography


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photographed; photographing; photographs

transitive verb

: to take a photograph of

intransitive verb

: to take a photograph
: to appear as an image in a photograph
an actress who photographs well

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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The motion included a photograph of Escobedo wearing a shirt with the restaurant’s logo, chopping a tub full of onions. Matthew Ormseth, Los Angeles Times, 25 Nov. 2023 The Israel Defense Force released video and photographs showing its pop-up welcome center at the airbase, including medical checks and psychological support, clean clothes, phones to contact family members and toys for children. Anna Schecter, NBC News, 24 Nov. 2023 And then, of course, there's that finger-cutting scene, a clear callback to the fading photograph from Back to the Future. Jennifer Ouellette and Sean M. Carroll, Ars Technica, 24 Nov. 2023 Seminole artist Tony Tiger employs traditional elements but combines them in a contemporary manner, layering colorful textile designs over old photographs of Native people. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 24 Nov. 2023 This 1860s photograph from The Met’s collection confirms not only the use of moire for elegant dress but also the distinct visual effect of the material. Kristina McGuirk, Better Homes & Gardens, 22 Nov. 2023 Howze’s photographs documented what was left of a disappearing landscape, including the ward’s characteristic 19th-century shotgun cottages and the first Black public school in Houston, the Gregory School (bottom row, second from left). Dara T. Mathis, The Atlantic, 13 Nov. 2023 In the other—of an F.B.I. database—the probe photograph generated no results at all. Eyal Press, The New Yorker, 13 Nov. 2023 Collecting Scotch Whisky has become the reference book for serious whisky collectors and contains over 2,500 bottles with more than 12,500 photographs spread across nearly 1,000 pages. Mark Littler, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023
Share [Findings] The deepest octopus observed to date was photographed in the Java Trench. Rafil Kroll-Zaidi, Harper's Magazine, 22 Nov. 2023 In grad school, at the University of New Mexico, in Albuquerque, Williams continued photographing herself, and the work matured. Gioncarlo Valentine, The New Yorker, 21 Nov. 2023 Shaped like a multi-legged crustacean from above, the St. Regis’ Iridium Spa is one of the most photographed in the Maldives. Katie Lockhart, Robb Report, 21 Nov. 2023 The musician and Fenty Beauty founder started going blonde in early October, when she was photographed out for dinner at Carbone in New York City with a rich, warm dark blonde hair color versus her usual deep espresso shade. Kara Nesvig, Allure, 20 Nov. 2023 Investigators added the suspect possibly had a burn on his left leg and at the time of the fire, the person of interest was photographed wearing a black hoodie, blue shorts, gray shoes, green scarf and a knee brace on his right knee. Stepheny Price, Fox News, 20 Nov. 2023 The magnificent wall-size projection is one of the few digital scenes the artist photographed himself. Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, 15 Nov. 2023 Since going public with their romance in mid-October, the pair have been photographed holding hands in New York and stepping out for dinner in Kansas City together. Kirsty Hatcher, Peoplemag, 10 Nov. 2023 Minor Threat, Bad Brains, Fugazi, Scream — and Jim Saah has photographed them. Olivia McCormack, Washington Post, 9 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1839, in the meaning defined above


1839, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of photograph was in 1839

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Cite this Entry

“Photograph.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
pho·​to·​graph ˈfōt-ə-ˌgraf How to pronounce photograph (audio)
: a picture obtained by photography


2 of 2 verb
: to take a photograph of
: to take photographs
: to be photographed

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