photo Definition

a picture made using a camera, in which an image is focused onto film or other light-sensitive material and then made visible and permanent by chemical treatment, or stored digitally.

Using photo: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "photo" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I took a photo of the sunset.

  • Example

    She showed me a photo of her family.

  • Example

    He has a collection of old photos.

  • Example

    The magazine published a photo of the celebrity couple.

photo Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with photo

  • photo finish

    a finish in a race in which two or more competitors cross the finish line at almost the same time and the result is decided by a photograph taken at the finish line


    The race was so close that it required a photo finish to determine the winner.

  • a situation that has been arranged for a politician, celebrity, or other public figure to be photographed in order to gain publicity


    The mayor's visit to the school was a great photo opportunity for the local press.

  • a session in which a photographer takes a series of photographs of a person or group of people


    The model arrived early for the photo shoot.

Origins of photo

shortening of 'photograph', from Greek 'phōs' (light) + 'graphē' (writing)


Summary: photo in Brief

A 'photo' [ˈfəʊtəʊ] is a picture taken with a camera, either on film or digitally. It can capture a moment in time, like 'I took a photo of the sunset,' or be used to document people or events, like 'She showed me a photo of her family.' 'Photo' also appears in phrases like 'photo finish,' used to describe a close race, and 'photo opportunity,' referring to a staged event for publicity.

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