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See synonyms for: snapshotsnapshottedsnapshotting on

  1. an informal photograph, especially one taken quickly by a handheld camera.

  2. Hunting. a quick shot taken without deliberate aim.

  1. Informal. a brief appraisal, summary, or profile.

verb (used with or without object),snap·shot or snap·shot·ted, snap·shot·ting.
  1. to photograph informally and quickly.

Origin of snapshot

1800–10 for def. 2; 1860–65 for def. 1; snap (in the sense “done suddenly or casually”) + shot1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use snapshot in a sentence

  • I had my Kodak with me, so I must take a snap-shot or two of the happy pair; then I and my wife must submit to the same process.

British Dictionary definitions for snapshot (1 of 2)


/ (ˈsnæpˌʃɒt) /

  1. an informal photograph taken with a simple camera: Often shortened to: snap

British Dictionary definitions for snap shot (2 of 2)

snap shot

  1. sport a sudden, fast shot at goal

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