Definition of photo in English:



  • 1A photograph.

    • ‘When my dad moved to France he left a lot of things behind, one of which was a fat blue case full of photos and slides.’
    • ‘Images of his photos keep running in my head until I wake up the next morning.’
    • ‘It was too bizarre to pass up, so I grabbed my camera and started snapping photos.’
    • ‘Hovering the mouse over a photo enlarges it, and you can then click to be taken to the file or the appropriate website.’
    • ‘He asked residents to send in any photos, slides or images of the area from bygone days.’
    • ‘British law traditionally dictates that you have no rights to your own image if the photo is shot from public ground.’
    • ‘The competition question was: can you guess what is pictured in the photo below?’
    • ‘Send us your sports stories and photos, pictures of your fun night out or your school reunion.’
    • ‘She had hoped to frame the photos and put them in the home's television room.’
    • ‘If I can decorate this site with all kinds of photos I'll post pictures of the car.’
    • ‘Behind her is the same half-finished painting which appeared in a previous photo of her studio.’
    • ‘A few days before this, a man came to the studio with a photo of his wife and asked to have the picture tattooed on his arm.’
    • ‘As a photographer took his photo and the flashbulb went off, the child screamed loudly.’
    • ‘Gareth and Will's photos are printed on sugar sheets stuck on the muffins, so they are edible.’
    • ‘Some things are still working, as you can see from the photos in this online image gallery.’
    • ‘As he walks out again with my newspaper, I snap a photo of him with the zoom lens.’
    • ‘Please send a photographer and take a photo to publish in News Shopper.’
    • ‘There was a peculiar little sequence when Heather pointed to a montage of photos in a frame.’
    • ‘My husband and our then next door neighbour took pictures of those photos on loan to the exhibition.’
    • ‘I have no intention of making contact or sending photos and I have no interest in having any back.’
    picture, photo, shot, snap, snapshot, likeness, image, portrait, study, print, slide, transparency, negative, positive, plate, film, bromide, frame, exposure, still, proof, enlargement
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    1. 1.1informal A photo finish.
      • ‘It was a photo for place and she took third.’
      • ‘Unfortunately for them, it was a photo for fourth place.’


[WITH OBJECT]informal
  • Take a photograph of.

    ‘do we wait till you've had him photoed?’
    • ‘All I need is for Mick Jagger to ask me to photo one of his gigs and I'm all made up.’
    • ‘The CSTs have photoed her but they've come back outside until they're needed.’
    • ‘Linda has gone off to photo some Naxi woman and I am just chilling for the day.’
    • ‘West Mayo is full of Marian statues and my favourite is the one in Kilmeena which I've photoed more than once.’
    • ‘Derek Savage and Matthew Clancy are photoed celebrating a score.’
    • ‘It's quite refreshing to not feel like I'm holding anyone up with my photoing everything when we're both as eager to get a shot.’
    • ‘I don't think you can photo things like Servitors or summon Hermes to visible appearance on Oprah.’