picture

noun
pic·ture | \ˈpik-chər \

Definition of picture 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a design or representation made by various means (such as painting, drawing, or photography)

2a : a description so vivid or graphic as to suggest a mental image or give an accurate idea of something the book gives a detailed picture of what is happening

b : a mental image

3 : image, copy he was the picture of his father she was the very picture of health

4a : a transitory visible image or reproduction

b : motion picture

c pictures plural : movies

6 : situation took a hard look at his financial picture

picture

verb
pictured; picturing\ˈpik-chə-riŋ, ˈpik-shriŋ \

Definition of picture (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to paint or draw a representation, image, or visual conception of : depict also : illustrate

2 : to describe graphically in words

3 : to form a mental image of : imagine

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Examples of picture in a Sentence

Noun

I hung the picture on the wall. The book has a lot of pictures. Draw a picture of your house. The staff looked at the financial picture of the company. The overall economic picture is improving.

Verb

I can still picture the house I grew up in. I can't picture changing jobs at this point in my life. Picture what it would be like if you didn't own a car. Can you picture him as a teacher?
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

An avid photographer, Bilandic often took pictures of the country his family hailed from on visits. Tessa Weinberg, chicagotribune.com, "5 things to know about Chicago's Croatian community," 13 July 2018 For proof of damage, the first step recommended by SGL and by the transportation department is taking pictures. Kevin Spear, OrlandoSentinel.com, "I-4 construction nightmares: Drivers seeking payment for car damage face daunting odds," 13 July 2018 For the triennial, Mr. Ruppersberg scoured Cleveland’s steel yards and lakefront byways for billboards and then took pictures from their vantage points. Kelly Crow, WSJ, "Cleveland Hopes to Become the Next Venice," 11 July 2018 And don't take pictures of women without their permission! Emily Wang, Glamour, "Chrissy Teigen Just Called Out a Man for Taking Pictures of Her Breast Pumping," 10 July 2018 Soon, Daniels was back in the lobby — in a black halter dress — to sell merchandise and take pictures with supporters. Laurie Kellman, The Seattle Times, "Stormy Daniels’ strip club act bookends Trump’s court reveal," 10 July 2018 People reports the two also took pictures with their friends at a photo booth at the event. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kendall Jenner and Ben Simmons Were Spotted Cozying Up Together on the 4th of July," 5 July 2018 Some students actually pulled out their contraband (cell phones) to run up to my desk to take pictures of it! David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "We Might Get a Lego Version of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy," 5 July 2018 Test your setup by taking pictures of a sparkler in a dark room. Wired Staff, WIRED, "How to Take Awesome Photos of Fireworks," 3 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Housing All smiles for our #tbt #givemeshelter book launch @mocalosangeles last month pictured here are some of our fellows and Deputy Mayor Brenda Shockley visiting our #homesforhope prototype! Zoie Matthew, Los Angeles Magazine, "Here’s What’s Being Done to End L.A.’s Homelessness Crisis," 14 June 2018 The Ras Lanuf Oil and Gas Processing Company in Libya, pictured Tuesday. David Hodari, WSJ, "Oil Inched Higher on Continued Supply Uncertainty," 13 July 2018 Soybean plants pictured in Urbana, Ill. A group of black soybean farmers from the South say a company intentionally sold them defective seeds in an elaborate scheme to place them at a disadvantage because of their race. Kristine Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "Black soybean farmers say they were deliberately sold defective seeds because of their race," 12 July 2018 At the Oscars, Rippon demanded attention in a Moschino tuxedo with a leather harness across his chest (pictured above) . Jamie Lisanti, SI.com, "Fashionable 50," 10 July 2018 Her outsized pieces inspired by tribal talismans are handmade in her Nairobi studio space and by-appointment boutique (pictured). Mosha Lundström Halbert, Vogue, "The Kenyan Cool Girl’s Guide to Nairobi," 2 July 2018 Over 80 percent of the laborers were migrants from China—and yet, not one man pictured is Chinese. Irene Hsu, The New Republic, "The Echoes of Chinese Exclusion," 28 June 2018 Hartford police arrested and charged Tomas Figueroa, pictured, with the murder of Eddie Hernandez, who was found with a gunshot wound to the head on Saturday morning. Matthew Ormseth, courant.com, "Hartford Man Charged With Murder In Norwich Street Homicide," 24 June 2018 Just picture them meeting up for the championship (and fine, go ahead and picture Ronaldo ripping off his shirt after winning his first World Cup, too). Sean Gregory, Time, "32 Teams Entered, 16 Remain. Your Ultimate Guide to the World Cup Knockout Stage," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of picture

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for picture

Noun

Middle English, from Latin pictura, from pictus, past participle of pingere to paint — more at paint

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picture

noun

English Language Learners Definition of picture

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a painting, drawing, or photograph of someone or something

: an idea of how something or someone looks, of what something is like, etc.

: a general situation

picture

verb

English Language Learners Definition of picture (Entry 2 of 2)

: to have a thought, understanding, or idea about (something or someone)

: to show or represent (someone or something) in a painting, drawing, or photograph

: to describe (something or someone) in a particular way

picture

noun
pic·ture | \ˈpik-chər \

Kids Definition of picture

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an image of something or someone formed on a surface (as by drawing, painting, printing, or photography)

2 : an idea of what someone or something might look like or be like The book gives a picture of frontier life.

3 : a perfect example of something She is the picture of health.

5 : an image on the screen of a television set

picture

verb
pictured; picturing

Kids Definition of picture (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to show or represent in a drawing, painting, or photograph The artist pictured her leaning on a fence.

2 : to form an idea or mental image of : imagine I can't picture myself skiing.

3 : to describe in a particular way The story pictured him as a gentle person.

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