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

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 The tapes were sold by accident to NASA intern Gary George in 1976, who purchased the set unknowingly among 65 boxes of videotapes at a government surplus auction for $217.77. Scottie Andrew And Saeed Ahmed, CNN, "NASA sold moon landing footage to an intern for $218. Now, the tapes could sell for millions," 2 July 2019 The staff would archive Brown’s large œuvre (get the papers into folders, organize the videotapes). Joan Acocella, The New Yorker, "Can Modern Dance Be Preserved?," 24 June 2019 In 2008, then-Attorney General Michael Mukasey tasked him to investigate the destruction of videotapes made of certain CIA interrogations of terrorism suspects overseas during the Bush administration. Sadie Gurman, WSJ, "William Barr Looking Into U.S. Finding That Russia Wanted Trump to Win," 21 June 2019 The murder of Lesandro, who went by the nickname Junior, was well documented on videotape from security cameras and the cellphones of witnesses, providing prosecutors with hard proof to support their case. Jan Ransom, New York Times, "‘Junior’ Guzman Killing: 5 Convicted of Hacking Innocent Teenager to Death," 14 June 2019 But also: that videotape [from the 2008 trial] coming to my house. Constance Grady, Vox, "Jim DeRogatis broke the R. Kelly story in 2000. Now he’s compiled a damning case against Kelly.," 5 June 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 It will be videotaped, from this angle and that; it will be recorded in dance notation; the dancers on whom it was created will be interviewed; the set will be designed (but not built). Joan Acocella, The New Yorker, "Can Modern Dance Be Preserved?," 24 June 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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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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