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[foh-tuh-graf, -grahf]
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  1. a picture produced by photography.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to take a photograph of.
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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.
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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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Historical Examples

  • 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


  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
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  1. to take a photograph of (an object, person, scene, etc)
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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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