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 decision by the outside group came after Mesa Police Chief Ramon Batista hired an outside attorney to investigate the Johnson case and the rough treatment of a teenage armed robbery suspect captured on videotape the same month. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "No charges filed against Mesa police officers caught on video beating man," 28 Aug. 2018 The big opportunity turned out to be videotape rentals, not sales. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Andre Blay Jumped Into the Nascent Movie Videocassette Market in the 1970s," 14 Sep. 2018 She was obsessed with the videotapes our families received of brides in beautiful fabrics and glimmering jewelry, making me watch them over and over. Rawiya Kameir, Vogue, "Does Citizenship Shape Identity? A “Third-Culture” Writer Takes Stock," 19 Oct. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In early April, as Kardashian prepared to welcome her first child, Thompson was videotaped getting close to an unidentified woman in a New York City lounge, days before the birth of the couple’s daughter, True Thompson. Natalie Stone, PEOPLE.com, "Malika Haqq Thanks Khloé Kardashian for Showing Her 'the Art of Forgiveness' in Wake of Scandal," 28 June 2018 Several activists got behind the wheel, but to galvanize support, al-Sharif videotaped her drive and posted it on YouTube. Michele Aboud, Glamour, "Saudi Arabia Was the Last Place in the World to Allow Women to Drive. Manal al-Sharif Helped Change That.," 5 Nov. 2018 Zubaydah’s brutal interrogations were also videotaped (more on this in a minute). Jennifer Williams, Vox, "Gina Haspel, Trump’s controversial pick for CIA director, explained," 9 May 2018 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

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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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