videotape

1 of 2

noun

vid·​eo·​tape ˈvi-dē-ō-ˌtāp How to pronounce videotape (audio)
: a recording of visual images and sound (as of a television production) made on magnetic tape
also : the magnetic tape used for such a recording

videotape

2 of 2

verb

videotaped; videotaping; videotapes

transitive verb

: to make a videotape of
videotape a show

Examples of videotape in a Sentence

Noun I watched the movie on videotape. watched a videotape of her daughter's first ballet recital Verb They videotaped the baby's first steps.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
That fall, the installation was a centerpiece in a selection of Viola’s installations and single-channel videotapes that became the first major exhibition at New York’s Museum of Modern Art to feature an artist who worked primarily with the mediums of video and sound. Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, 13 July 2024 Read the full Basic Agreement here and the videotape agreement here. Katie Campione, Deadline, 10 July 2024
Verb
Another defendant, Abdulkarim Farah, accompanied Ali and videotaped her dropping off the money, according to the indictment. Cheri Mossburg, CNN, 27 June 2024 All interrogations are now fully videotaped, Kenny said, and most identifications are now made not with lineups but with photo arrays. Rocco Parascandola, New York Daily News, 26 Feb. 2024 See all Example Sentences for videotape 

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Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1953, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1957, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of videotape was in 1953

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“Videotape.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/videotape. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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videotape

1 of 2 noun
vid·​eo·​tape ˈvid-ē-ō-ˌtāp How to pronounce videotape (audio)
: a recording of visual images and sound (as of a television production) made on magnetic tape
also : the magnetic tape used for such a recording

videotape

2 of 2 verb
: to make a videotape of
videotape a show

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