videotape

noun
vid·​eo·​tape | \ˈvi-dē-ō-ˌtāp \

Definition of videotape 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

verb
videotaped; videotaping; videotapes

Definition of videotape (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make a videotape of videotape a show

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Synonyms for videotape

Synonyms: Noun

tape, tape recording, vid, video

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The park service was reviewing security videotape to try to determine how the woman was able to make the climb, Willis said. Washington Post, "Statue of Liberty climber unrepentant; Trump calls her clown," 7 July 2018 Haspel later drafted a cable ordering that videotapes of CIA interrogations be destroyed. Rebecca Shabad /, NBC News, "Senate confirms Gina Haspel as CIA director," 17 May 2018 And in the middle, near a pile of videotapes, an old TV and bags of cheese curls, a person. Brian Seibert, New York Times, "At River to River Festival, Dancing Amid the Mundane and Majestic," 17 June 2018 After all of that and more was factored together, Lee’s most important finding is that — never mind the evidence of the videotape, the computer models and your own eyes — the sinking bubbles actually are just an optical illusion. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, "Why Do Some Beer Bubbles Appear to Defy Physics? Science Finally Has an Answer," 16 Apr. 2018 Notably absent from Haspel's letter was any statement about her role in destroying 92 videotapes of interrogations carried out at the Thailand facility. Shane Harris, chicagotribune.com, "Nominee to head CIA says agency's post-9/11 interrogation program should not have been started," 15 May 2018 Haspel delivered an order from her superior to other agency officials to destroy videotapes of the interrogations, including the waterboarding of one of the top Qaeda operatives. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Second Democrat announces support for CIA nominee Haspel," 12 May 2018 Apart from the morality question, Haspel also fended off questions about her 2005 recommendation — which was ultimately followed — to destroy videotapes of 92 interrogations. Ronald J. Hansen, azcentral, "Sen. John McCain urges Senate to reject CIA nominee Gina Haspel over torture, morality," 9 May 2018 In addition to her role in overseeing and implementing torture, Ms. Haspel also appears to have strongly advocated for and played a key role in carrying out an order to destroy 92 videotapes of individuals in U.S. custody being subjected to torture. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Senate Panel Poised to Reject Pompeo for Secretary of State," 23 Apr. 2018

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Ford is the older brother of the late Rob Ford, whose time as mayor of Toronto ended after he was videotaped smoking crack cocaine. Alan Freeman, Washington Post, "A big win for Trump-like Canadian politician could mean trouble for Trudeau," 8 June 2018 Channel 4 News in Britain recorded Mr. Nix suggesting methods to entrap a client’s opponent, like sending an attractive woman to seduce the rival candidate and secretly videotaping the encounter, or getting another person to propose a bribe. Adam Satariano, New York Times, "Alexander Nix, Ex-Chief of Cambridge Analytica, Disputes ‘Ridiculous Accusations’," 6 June 2018 McCabe was later charged with molesting gymnasts, secretly videotaping girls changing clothes and posting their naked pictures on the internet. Roxanna Scott, USA TODAY, "Congressman berates USA Gymnastics CEO Kerry Perry at hearing," 23 May 2018 Former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros' claims that her bosses hacked her emails, listened to private voice messages and secretly videotaped her at work were dismissed Friday by a federal judge. Stephen Battaglio, latimes.com, "Court dismisses former host Andrea Tantaros' claims that Fox News spied on her," 19 May 2018 Louis Rams accused the Patriots of using an employee to secretly videotape their pregame walk-through the day before Super Bowl 36 in 2002. Geoffrey C. Arnold, OregonLive.com, "Super Bowl 2018: Former Philadelphia Eagles coach claims New England Patriots cheated during 2005 Super Bowl," 30 Jan. 2018 The day before, a lawyer in New York City went viral after he was videotaped making xenophobic comments and threatening to call Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Spanish speakers in a deli. Christopher Ingraham, chicagotribune.com, "Millions of U.S. citizens don't speak English to each other, continuing decades-long rise," 21 May 2018 One of the most egregious examples was that of the sports reporter Erin Andrews, who was secretly videotaped naked by a stalker in a hotel room in 2008. Christina Caron, New York Times, "‘Never Do This to a Woman’: Men Harass 2 Sports Reporters at the World Cup," 27 June 2018 Worcester police on Monday defended their officers who punched two brothers during a struggle outside a strip club a day earlier, an incident that was partially videotaped by a bystander and posted to Facebook. Alana Levene, BostonGlobe.com, "Worcester police defend violent arrest of two brothers outside strip club," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of videotape

Noun

1953, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1957, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of videotape was in 1953

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More Definitions for videotape

videotape

noun

English Language Learners Definition of videotape

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: tape on which movies, television shows, etc., can be recorded

: a movie, TV program, etc., that is recorded on videotape

videotape

verb

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

: to record (someone or something) on videotape

videotape

noun
vid·​eo·​tape | \ˈvi-dē-ō-ˌtāp \

Kids Definition of videotape

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a recording of visual images and sound (as of a television production) made on magnetic tape

2 : the magnetic tape used for such a recording

videotape

verb
videotaped; videotaping

Kids Definition of videotape (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make a videotape of

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