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[foh-tuh-graf, -grahf] /ˈfoʊ təˌgræf, -ˌgrɑf/
a picture produced by photography.
verb (used with object)
to take a photograph of.
verb (used without object)
to practice photography.
to be photographed or be suitable for being photographed in some specified way:
The children photograph well.
Origin of photograph
First recorded in 1839; photo- + -graph
Related forms
photographable, adjective
rephotograph, verb (used with object), noun
unphotographable, adjective
unphotographed, adjective
well-photographed, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for photograph
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  • I'll get his photograph, and publish a newspaper portrait of him.

  • When she died I pasted the dear old lady's photograph inside the upper lid.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • It captured and imprisoned the sounds as the photograph retained the images of light.

  • I am not going to break down; but—but there is a photograph of Rogie when he was very small—'

    Echoes of the War J. M. Barrie
  • I have seen it or a photograph of it somewhere, and at some time.

    The Slave Of The Lamp Henry Seton Merriman
British Dictionary definitions for photograph


/ˈfəʊtəˌɡrɑːf; -ˌɡræf/
an image of an object, person, scene, etc, in the form of a print or slide recorded by a camera on photosensitive material Often shortened to photo
to take a photograph of (an object, person, scene, etc)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for photograph

1839, "picture obtained by photography," coined by Sir John Herschel from photo- + -graph "instrument for recording; something written." It won out over other suggestions, such as photogene and heliograph. Neo-Anglo-Saxonists prefer sunprint. The verb, as well as photography, are first found in a paper read before the Royal Society on March 14, 1839.

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