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photograph

[foh-tuh-graf, -grahf]
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noun
  1. a picture produced by photography.
verb (used with object)
  1. to take a photograph of.
verb (used without object)
  1. to practice photography.
  2. 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 formspho·to·graph·a·ble, adjectivere·pho·to·graph, verb (used with object), nounun·pho·to·graph·a·ble, adjectiveun·pho·to·graphed, adjectivewell-pho·to·graphed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for photographing

photograph

noun
  1. an image of an object, person, scene, etc, in the form of a print or slide recorded by a camera on photosensitive materialOften shortened to: photo
verb
  1. to take a photograph of (an object, person, scene, etc)
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Word Origin and History for photographing

photograph

n.

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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