picture

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noun

pic·​ture ˈpik-chər How to pronounce picture (audio)
1
: a design or representation made by various means (such as painting, drawing, or photography)
2
a
: a description so vivid or graphic as to suggest a mental image or give an accurate idea of something
the book gives a detailed picture of what is happening
b
: a mental image
3
: image, copy
he was the picture of his father
she was the very picture of health
4
a
: a transitory visible image or reproduction
c
pictures plural : movies
5
6
: situation
took a hard look at his financial picture

picture

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verb

pictured; picturing ˈpik-chə-riŋ How to pronounce picture (audio)
ˈpik-shriŋ

transitive verb

1
: to form a mental image of : imagine
2
: to describe graphically in words
3
: to paint or draw a representation, image, or visual conception of : depict
also : illustrate

Examples of picture in a Sentence

Noun I hung the picture on the wall. The book has a lot of pictures. Draw a picture of your house. The staff looked at the financial picture of the company. The overall economic picture is improving. Verb I can still picture the house I grew up in. I can't picture changing jobs at this point in my life. Picture what it would be like if you didn't own a car. Can you picture him as a teacher? See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
To Instagram, Sweeney posted several pictures of herself wearing said swimsuit, the So Chic One Piece by Gooseberry in sage, in Australia with her friend Kaylee McGregor. Kathleen Walsh, Glamour, 22 Nov. 2023 More than 13,000 Palestinians have been killed in the enclave, according to its Health Ministry, and Israeli soldiers hoisted the national flag in the Parliament building, according to online pictures geolocated by NBC News. Alexander Smith, NBC News, 22 Nov. 2023 Browsing the company’s social media feed means easily losing 20 minutes to posts of Pit Viper-wearing seniors flipping the bird, pictures of people wearing Pit Vipers on the toilet, and videos of people doing moronic tricks on skis, bikes, and rollerblades wearing not much but Pit Vipers. Nicole Gull McElroy, WIRED, 22 Nov. 2023 Those who purchased affected products can take a picture of the top and sides of the container showing the best-by date and email the company for credit at: AR@wilcoxicecreamvt.com. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 21 Nov. 2023 At a news conference, two WHO officials painted a dire picture of the health care system in Gaza after weeks of fighting. Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, arkansasonline.com, 21 Nov. 2023 The highlights of the show’s final room are Sargent’s intimate, plein-air pictures of young men and women reclining by riverbanks and in alpine meadows. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, 20 Nov. 2023 The West today has a far more complete picture of the conflict in Ukraine. Terry W. Hartle, The Christian Science Monitor, 20 Nov. 2023 The Associated Press and CNN have since cut ties with one of the photojournalists; Honest Reporting posted a picture of that photographer receiving a kiss from a Hamas leader. Mo Abbas, NBC News, 11 Nov. 2023
Verb
Back in July, Jenner and Woods were pictured out together for the first time since the fallout of the scandal. Charna Flam, Peoplemag, 23 Nov. 2023 Candles and portraits of people from the transgender community are pictured during a ceremony to support the transgender community and raise awareness on the issues that transgender people face in the country. C Mandler, CBS News, 20 Nov. 2023 From some untrodden, internal place, a visceral memory stirred, of holding up the page with Felicity pictured vertically in the centerfold, the midsection of her floral everyday dress dimpled by the magazine’s staples. Lizzie Feidelson, The New Yorker, 17 Nov. 2023 Participating pastry chefs are Jamie Decena of Cowboy Star (pictured), Ashley Papa of Born and Raised, Faye Rodriguez of Faye’s Desserts, Ashley del Rosario of Animae, Kat Ordillas of katkatxmochi and Kristianna Zabala of KRZ Kitchen. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Nov. 2023 Keep in Mind The colors often aren’t exact matches to the ones pictured. Megan Ulu-Lani Boyanton, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 Nov. 2023 Now picture the Razer Blade 16 Automobili Lamborghini Edition showing up at my door. Clifford Atiyeh, Robb Report, 13 Nov. 2023 The Bride in the Large Glass is pictured at front left. Grace Edquist, Vogue, 10 Nov. 2023 Reagan won the disillusioned center in 1980 by picturing America as a past and future land of opportunity. Amity Shlaes, National Review, 10 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English, from Latin pictura, from pictus, past participle of pingere to paint — more at paint

First Known Use

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Time Traveler
The first known use of picture was in the 15th century

Dictionary Entries Near picture

Cite this Entry

“Picture.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/picture. Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition

picture

1 of 2 noun
pic·​ture ˈpik-chər How to pronounce picture (audio)
1
: a design or image made on a surface (as by painting, drawing, or photography)
2
a
: a clear description in words
the book gives us a picture of another way of life
b
: a mental image : idea
do you get the picture?
3
: a particular combination of circumstances : situation
an improvement of the economic picture
4
a
: an exact likeness : copy
b
: a perfect symbol of something : embodiment
the picture of health
5
a
: an image on a screen
picture adjective

picture

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pictured; picturing ˈpik-chə-riŋ How to pronounce picture (audio)
ˈpik-shriŋ
1
: to draw or paint a picture of : depict
2
: to describe vividly
3
: to form a mental image of : imagine

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