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

Charges included allegations of clandestine videotapes of assaults at a popular Seoul nightclub shared over text-message chains. Los Angeles Times, "At KCON L.A., frank talk about mental health amid the ear-splitting meet-and-greets," 16 Aug. 2019 Meetings can be secret, and diplomacy can be covert, but videotape is forever. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "The Family’s Big Secret Is Hiding in Plain Sight," 14 Aug. 2019 In addition, prosecutors said, Kelly and his cohorts threatened and intimidated potential witnesses, including the young woman in the videotape and her parents, to lie for him. Dahleen Glanton, chicagotribune.com, "Column: An alleged sexual assault victim may have lied to help acquit R. Kelly in 2008. Her cooperation this time is an act of bravery.," 18 July 2019 Brett Cooper doesn’t have many scenes as Cheryl Moody, the young woman in the videotape who is eventually discovered by the powers that be. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "Review: Kavanaugh hearings lend a new lens for Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s ‘Good Boys’," 1 July 2019 Benalla, 27, was placed under investigation shortly after the newspaper Le Monde identified him on July 18 as the man in the videotape posted online who was beating a protester at a May Day march, which had turned violent. Fox News, "Macron's ex-aide behind scandal to appear at Senate probe," 12 Sep. 2018 In a videotape of the interview played in court, Mallory casually explains his interactions with the Chinese agents during two trips to Shanghai that spring. Rachel Weiner, Washington Post, "Faulty Chinese spy technology may help convict former CIA officer of espionage," 1 June 2018 The property was formerly the headquarters for Ampex, an electronics company that pioneered audio and videotape recording before declaring bankruptcy in 2008. Maggie Angst, The Mercury News, "Stanford proposes to add medical facility to its growing Redwood City campus," 2 Aug. 2019 Using the format of a soap opera (and shot on videotape), the film is centered on the intertwined romantic, financial, professional, and familial complications of a wide-ranging group of middle-class black people in New York. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "Five Films to Stream on Kanopy While New Yorkers Still Can," 28 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Still more videotaped the tense situation, going live on social media with the latest news. Kim Fu, The Mercury News, "At least 9 held in mysterious federal law enforcement action after standoff in North Bay," 29 Aug. 2019 Strangers were showing up in town and videotaping children. Susan Svrluga, courant.com, "First, they lost their children. Then the conspiracy theories started. Now, the parents of Newtown are fighting back.," 9 July 2019 Strangers were showing up in town and videotaping children. Susan Svrluga, Washington Post, "First, they lost their children. Then, the conspiracies started. Now, the parents of Newtown are fighting back.," 8 July 2019 Strangers were showing up in town and videotaping children. Susan Svrluga, BostonGlobe.com, "Now, the parents of Newtown are fighting back," 8 July 2019 Civil rights activists in Portland and Oregon, though, have objected to police videotaping people during their exercise of free speech. oregonlive.com, "Portland’s police chief calls for anti-mask law, different approach for violent protesters," 3 July 2019 Prior to taking a field sobriety test, the woman started videotaping the incident on her phone. John Benson, cleveland.com, "Sleeping cyclist with sore knees cited for open container: Broadview Heights Police Blotter," 26 June 2019 Williams is seen videotaping the incident as well, with a phone in one hand. Nashelly Chavez, sacbee, "Video of arrest after man allegedly left car running draws sharp Sacramento NAACP criticism | The Sacramento Bee," 9 May 2018 The adolescent child was videotaped while answering questions about a sibling closest in age. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Study Suggests That Having a Sister Could Actually Be Good for Your Mental Health," 12 July 2019

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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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