Definition of photo in US English:

photo

noun

  • 1A photograph.

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

verb

[with object]informal
  • Take a photograph of.

    ‘do we wait till you've had him photoed?’
    • ‘Derek Savage and Matthew Clancy are photoed celebrating a score.’
    • ‘The CSTs have photoed her but they've come back outside until they're needed.’
    • ‘West Mayo is full of Marian statues and my favourite is the one in Kilmeena which I've photoed more than once.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Linda has gone off to photo some Naxi woman and I am just chilling for the day.’
    • ‘All I need is for Mick Jagger to ask me to photo one of his gigs and I'm all made up.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: abbreviation of photograph. The first recorded use (1860) is by Queen Victoria.

Pronunciation

photo

/ˈfōdō//ˈfoʊdoʊ/