pho·​to·​graph | \ ˈfō-tə-ˌgraf How to pronounce photograph (audio) \

Definition of photograph

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a picture or likeness obtained by photography


photographed; photographing; photographs

Definition of photograph (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to take a photograph of

intransitive verb

1 : to take a photograph
2 : to appear as an image in a photograph an actress who photographs well

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Synonyms for photograph

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of photograph in a Sentence

Noun I always take a lot of photographs when I travel. the old photograph was faded but still clear enough to make out Verb He photographed the women sitting on the bench. She was photographed in the studio.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Britney’s fiancé, Sam Asghari, shared a celebratory post on Instagram within minutes of the verdict, followed by a photograph of Britney’s hand holding a pink rose. Los Angeles Times, 29 Sep. 2021 Clifton, who died in 2010, introduces each section with a black-and-white photograph of the relevant family member, daubing these images with the kind of animating details that grant them life — both on the page and within us, her lucky readers. Tiana Reid, Vulture, 31 Aug. 2021 Several family members of the victims attended the hearing wearing bright yellow shirts with a photograph of Close and Mercado in their high school graduation robes. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, 19 Aug. 2021 Just weeks after mailing her letter—with a photograph of her four children enclosed—Ms. Amy Gamerman, WSJ, 5 Aug. 2021 Until one day last August, when Kariman's brother discovered a social media account with a photograph of her eldest son, Hamza. Star Tribune, 30 July 2021 The slideshow also had a photograph of Kloss giving husband Joshua Kushner a kiss in front of the Eiffel Tower, as well as a snap of the Kode with Klossy founder and Katy Perry sitting at table. Gabrielle Chung,, 15 July 2021 Johnson gifted Biden with a photograph of a mural of Fredrick Douglass. Mabinty Quarshie, USA TODAY, 16 June 2021 Without James Earl Jones, Darth Vader has to make do by grunting at a photograph of Anakin and Padmé. Joe Molander, Wired, 29 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Nearly 50 and pursuing a doctorate after raising two sons, Lucy Der Manuelian took a four-hour climb up a mountain in Soviet Armenia one day in 1977 to study and photograph a 13th-century monastery., 3 Oct. 2021 This past spring, Wolf had numerous opportunities to listen to, watch, and photograph a family of common ravens, which had nested under the American flag near the top of one of the Brooklyn Bridge towers. David Owen, The New Yorker, 13 Sep. 2021 Marcus Yam was attempting to photograph the scene when a Taliban fighter emerged and punched him on the side of the head. Marcus Yam, Los Angeles Times, 19 Aug. 2021 The groups arranged for men to escort me, along with drivers and translators, through the provinces of Ghazni, Logar, Wardak, Nangarhar, Herat, and Kabul to surreptitiously photograph and interview Afghan women. Lynsey Addario, The Atlantic, 16 Aug. 2021 To avoid losing all trace of your paper vaccination record, individuals with smartphones can photograph the card and store it in its own photo album for easy access in their digital photo libraries. CBS News, 8 Aug. 2021 Aarons thought about trying to photograph the scene but was too afraid to leave the building. Lesley M.m. Blume, Town & Country, 28 May 2021 In June, she was asked to photograph the home of Latin music superstar J Balvin, and since she wasn’t allowed to travel to Medellín (domestic Colombian travel was limited at the time), Calero directed the entire shoot via FaceTime. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, 19 Nov. 2020 Inside, customers will be asked to photograph plumbing connections and ceilings to prove there are no leaks. Ron Hurtibise,, 26 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of photograph


1839, in the meaning defined above


1839, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of photograph was in 1839

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11 Oct 2021

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“Photograph.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of photograph

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a picture made by a camera



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

: to take a photograph of (someone or something)
: to appear in photographs


pho·​to·​graph | \ ˈfō-tə-ˌgraf How to pronounce photograph (audio) \

Kids Definition of photograph

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a picture taken by a camera


photographed; photographing

Kids Definition of photograph (Entry 2 of 2)

: to take a picture of with a camera

Other Words from photograph

photographer \ fə-​ˈtä-​grə-​fər \ noun

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