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 While developing film isn't commonplace today, the desire to have a photograph as an object has never faded. Scott Gilbertson, Wired, "The 5 Best Photo Printing Services," 19 Oct. 2020 Yolanda captioned one black-and-white photograph which showed her smiling while hugging her daughter's baby bump. Maria Pasquini,, "Yolanda Hadid Calls Daughter Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik's Baby Girl an 'Angel Sent to Us from Above'," 18 Oct. 2020 For a taste of how this style evolved in the western reaches of Islam, a photograph lands us in Salé, Morocco, in the courtyard of a small, 14th-century theological school—or madrasa. Lee Lawrence, WSJ, "Abroad at Home: Into the Worlds of Islamic Architecture," 16 Oct. 2020 Giving her son the bedroom, Jackson slept in the living room by a pinkish-orange salt lamp and an 8-by-10-inch photograph of her mother. Matthew Desmond, New York Times, "The Tenants Who Evicted Their Landlord," 13 Oct. 2020 No photograph has a credit line because both men regard the project as a collaborative venture. John Pope,, "Young photographers captured vanishing Cajun culture during a trip from Chicago in the '70s," 12 Oct. 2020 Each student’s family will also be mailed a photograph. Sue Kiesewetter, The Enquirer, "'We promised them we would do this:' Middletown class of 2020 commencement this weekend," 12 Oct. 2020 Per a statement, the painting—created by artist Hannah Uzor—is based on a photograph currently housed at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Little-Known Story of Queen Victoria’s Black Goddaughter," 8 Oct. 2020 Each photograph is beautifully captured and provides an extraordinary look at the journeys and discoveries of these brave individuals. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "Space-related coffee table books that are out of this world," 1 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Mummers Museum, a 44-year-old homage to the oldest continuous folk parade in the United States, is one of the 61 polling places Ryan Donnell has documented since 2008 in his quest to photograph the most unusual polling places in America. Tara Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Eight of America’s Most Unusual Polling Places," 20 Oct. 2020 Sunrise is one of the best times of day to photograph the bend anyway, since the rising sun will slowly begin illuminating the canyon walls. Sarah Kuta, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Escape the Crowds at Horseshoe Bend," 24 Sep. 2020 Officials have asked people in the region to report the debris and photograph it. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "Deck boots, water bottles, fruit: An unusual marine debris event is coating Bering Strait beaches in trash from abroad," 25 Sep. 2020 For instance, taking a safari in your backyard to draw or photograph bugs or plants encourages your child to ask questions, inspires them to research more, and can bring everyone closer together. Rebecca Renner, National Geographic, "Why your kid should be playing right now.," 17 Sep. 2020 So it’s Obama who tends to dominate the narrative, from his early days as the star freshman Senator from Illinois (when Souza was first assigned to photograph him) to the global highlight reel of his eight-year term. Leah Greenblatt,, "White House photographer Pete Souza explores a POTUS pair in The Way I See It documentary: Review," 17 Sep. 2020 Villa even has a team of shooters that assist and photograph from multiple angles. Stephanie Cain, Fortune, "Couples spend thousands on a wedding photographer for that perfect shot," 6 Sep. 2020 For the past year, Reynolds has spent much of his free time and disposable income crisscrossing the U.S. in pursuit of the perfect storm to photograph and record on video. Connor Sheets |, al, "Storm-chasing Homewood teen weathered Hurricane Laura in Lake Charles, La.," 29 Aug. 2020 Small drones, like the quadcopters used to photograph weddings, are cheap and easy to use. Seth J. Frantzman, National Review, "A Pilotless Pilot Program," 14 Sep. 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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22 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Photograph.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce photograph (audio)

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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