Definition of photograph in US English:

photograph

noun

  • A picture made using a camera, in which an image is focused onto film or other light-sensitive material and then made visible and permanent by chemical treatment, or stored digitally.

    • ‘In police custody, his solicitors came with a digital camera and took nineteen photographs of his injuries.’
    • ‘At the top of the page, slightly cut off, one can see two or three other photographs which are not material.’
    • ‘The first photograph was a picture of two boys, both looking around six years old.’
    • ‘I took lots of photographs, mostly on film but a handful on the digital camera to provide an immediate record.’
    • ‘A beaming Sam was caught on camera in the photograph published in last Saturday's Observer.’
    • ‘Away from the film and photographs, the music conjures up images of its own.’
    • ‘Her recollections are intercut with her own evocative photographs and films.’
    • ‘I raised my camera to take a photograph of this to send to Midland Mainline.’
    • ‘It did not prove possible to make photographs using the antique camera itself.’
    • ‘The wide space provided as border for each picture puts the focus on the photograph.’
    • ‘When the first photographs from his Brownie camera had come back all those years ago, he had been thrilled.’
    • ‘He took photographs using a telephoto lens and used binoculars to inspect the general state of the roofing and tiling.’
    • ‘Imagine you've never seen a photograph before; imagine cameras haven't been invented.’
    • ‘Thus, the protest against the Vietnam War was mobilized by images such as the photograph by Huynh Cong Ut.’
    • ‘His manipulation of press photographs and focus on celebrity anticipated Pop Art.’
    • ‘To take the photographs, the camera had to be set on a long exposure, which reduced any movement to a blur.’
    • ‘From time to time I get a few queries about my photographs, my camera and techniques.’
    • ‘This short film trilogy brings together my thoughts on photography and photographs.’
    • ‘Mo came round today with her digital camera and took a photograph of what will probably be my image on the publicity.’
    • ‘These cameras take two photographs to cover just this sort of well known and understood radar anomaly.’
    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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verb

[with object]
  • 1Take a photograph of.

    • ‘When I first began photographing for this project, I had little understanding of my own motivations.’
    • ‘Parents are asked to note that children may be photographed or filmed at Carnival events.’
    • ‘Long before I became a mother, I admired and appreciated the beautiful way she photographs babies.’
    • ‘He left his leather jacket, the one he was photographed in so often, and his record collection.’
    • ‘The first was a commission to photograph the life cycle of plankton.’
    • ‘Ever the subversive, I took to photographing the tourists, in search of the worst example I could find of fashion crimes against humanity.’
    • ‘The clubs first photo shoot last week, photographing the Christmas lights in Newport and Westport was voted a great success!’
    • ‘More nitpicky yet, the cartons should not be photographed or filmed, sealed though they may be.’
    • ‘I photographed him for a record cover, and I like the way that the coat looks like a brick wall too.’
    • ‘Two years later in Londonderry, he was again photographing troops in action, this time British infantry sent into Northern Ireland.’
    • ‘He got a commission to photograph a house in Ireland, fell in love with the country, and they all moved there.’
    • ‘The Coast Guard was there and photographing when two boats believed to be carrying cocaine entered U.S. waters.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, at the research station, Carl and Marian were filming and photographing the ants we had collected.’
    • ‘To my surprise, Mona agreed to be photographed, and we spent the entire day shooting.’
    • ‘I walked the length of it, photographing all the way.’
    • ‘I wanted to record my new experience of the old city by photographing its architecture, shop fronts and objects, as well as the people I met.’
    • ‘An often repeated story is that Stanford commissioned Muybridge to photograph his horse so it would settle a bet.’
    • ‘It's as if she was expecting to be photographed for a magazine cover shoot.’
    • ‘Two policemen are filming and photographing the apparently mild-mannered women holding the poster.’
    • ‘Arbus originally started off her career as a fashion photographer, but then veered into photographing the less photographed.’
    take someone's photo, take someone's picture, get a picture of, take a picture of, get a snap of, get a snapshot of, take a snap of, take a snapshot of, take, snap, shoot, get a shot of, take a shot of, take a likeness of, record, film, capture on celluloid, capture on film, record on celluloid, record on film
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    1. 1.1no object, with adverbial Appear in a particular way when in a photograph.
      ‘that cityscape photographs well’
      • ‘She had an ear-to-ear gamine grin and a good figure, and photographed well.’
      • ‘"You’ll see that I photograph poorly," she says.’

Pronunciation

photograph

/ˈfoʊdəˌɡræf//ˈfōdəˌɡraf/