[kawr-ee-uh-graf, -grahf, kohr-]

verb (used with object)

to provide the choreography for: to choreograph a musical comedy.
to manage, maneuver, or direct: The author is a genius at choreographing a large cast of characters.

verb (used without object)

to work as a choreographer.

Origin of choreograph

First recorded in 1875–80; back formation from choreography
Related formsre·cho·re·o·graph, verb (used with object)un·cho·re·o·graphed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for choreograph

Contemporary Examples of choreograph

  • In other words, some DNA changes, particularly those in genes that choreograph brain development, may have a lifelong legacy.

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    How Stressed Parents Scar Their Kids

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British Dictionary definitions for choreograph



(tr) to compose the steps and dances for (a piece of music or ballet)
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Word Origin and History for choreograph

1943, American English, back-formation from choreography, or else from French choréographier (1827). Figurative sense from c.1965. Related: choreographed.

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