videotape

noun
vid·​eo·​tape | \ ˈvi-dē-ō-ˌtāp How to pronounce videotape (audio) \

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

In 2005, as the chief of staff to the head of the agency's Counterterrorism Center, she was also involved in the agency's destruction of videotapes of interrogation sessions. Alan Cowell And Charlie Savage, miamiherald, "Lithuania and Romania complicit in CIA prisons, European court says," 1 June 2018 His rapid response was held up in contrast to that of the uniformed resource officer shown on videotape waiting outside of Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School during February shootings that killed 17 people. Steve Hendrix, Washington Post, "School resource officer Blaine Gaskill helped stop gunman at a Maryland high school," 20 Mar. 2018 Crusading lawyer Michael Avenatti has released a statement about new allegations facing R. Kelly, who, according to journalist Jim DeRogatis, Chicago prosecutors are moving to indict on assault charges after the discovery of new videotape evidence. Bridget Read, Vogue, "R. Kelly Could Be Indicted Soon Based on a New VHS Tape," 14 Feb. 2019 Inspection reports cite security videotapes that showed a nursing aide racing to put the fire out as another nurse sat behind the nurse’s station, sipping her drink. Sam Roe, chicagotribune.com, "Inside Chicago's worst nursing home: bug bites, bruises and death," 13 June 2018 Liberty would mail lecture videotapes and course packets to paying customers around the country — at first just certificate courses in Bible studies, and by the mid-’80s, accredited courses in other subjects as well. Alec Macgillis/propublica, New York Times, "How Liberty University Built a Billion-Dollar Empire Online," 17 Apr. 2018 Three years later, Haspel was involved in the CIA’s destruction of nearly 100 videotapes that recorded the interrogations, touching off an investigation by a special prosecutor who ultimately decided not to bring charges against those involved. Eugene Scott, Washington Post, "Trump administration counts Gina Haspel taking CIA top job as battle won in the ‘war on women’," 22 May 2018 Memory doesn’t work like a videotape As a 2015 paper in Frontiers in Psychiatry points out, this dwelling on the central details of a memory may lead people to re-experience them. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Donald Trump’s attack on Christine Blasey Ford’s memory is cruel — and wrong," 3 Oct. 2018 Her involvement in ordering the destruction, in 2005, of 92 videotapes – some of which documented the interrogations – while serving as Chief of Staff to then-Director of the clandestine service Jose Rodriguez was also roundly criticized. Olivia Gazis, CBS News, "Gina Haspel secures enough votes to be confirmed as first female director of CIA," 17 May 2018

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The company was eventually forced to shut down two facilities, including the one where the treatment was videotaped. Astrid Galvan, The Seattle Times, "Workers seen dragging immigrant kids won’t be charged," 29 Mar. 2019 Adam Putnam has scrubbed plans to hold a fundraising reception Thursday at the Orlando home of a man videotaped in 2008 shooting two pet huskies that entered a cow pasture. Adam C. Smith, miamiherald, "Update: Adam Putnam cancels campaign fundraiser with supporter who shot dogs | Miami Herald," 24 May 2018 Two 18-year-old men have been arrested for racially aggravated public-order offenses after being videotaped yelling racist slurs outside a black student’s room at Nottingham Trent University in the United Kingdom earlier this week. Breanna Edwards, The Root, "‘We Hate the Blacks’: 2 Men Arrested After Yelling Racist Chants Outside Black Student’s Door at British University," 8 Mar. 2018 Robert told Leyana while KDVR videotaped the pair’s reunion. Natalie Dreier, ajc, "Disney’s ‘Elsa’ helps to make birthday magical when girls’ guests are no-shows," 19 Feb. 2018 That approach was undermined on May 1, when a presidential bodyguard, Alexandre Benalla, was videotaped manhandling protesters at a demonstration while off-duty. Sam Schechner, WSJ, "French President Emmanuel Macron Under Fire for Bodyguard’s Actions," 25 July 2018 On April 10, news broke that Thompson had been photographed and videotaped with a brunette woman at a lounge in New York City, as Kardashian was in Cleveland, Ohio, awaiting the birth of their first child together. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, "Tristan Thompson Rides the Bench in NBA Playoff Game Amid Cheating Scandal," 18 Apr. 2018 The seven were hiding out in an apartment in the coastal city of Tianjin while the group released statements excoriating Beijing police for having shown several of them videotaped confessions by fellow activists detained last year, friends said. Rob Taylor, WSJ, "Australia Probes China’s Detention of Australian-Chinese Writer," 23 Jan. 2019 Petitioner immediately started yelling at me to let him into the house and started to videotape me with his phone. Dylan Matthews, Vox, "Michael Avenatti has been arrested on a domestic violence charge," 14 Nov. 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 How to pronounce videotape (audio) \

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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