Meaning of PICTURE in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ pɪktʃə(r) ]

( pictures, picturing, pictured)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.


A picture consists of lines and shapes which are drawn, painted, or printed on a surface and show a person, thing, or scene.

A picture of Rory O’Moore hangs in the dining room at Kildangan.



A picture is a photograph.

The tourists have nothing to do but take pictures of each other...



Television pictures are the scenes which you see on a television screen.

...heartrending television pictures of human suffering.

N-COUNT : usu pl


To be pictured somewhere, for example in a newspaper or magazine, means to appear in a photograph or picture.

The golfer is pictured on many of the front pages, kissing his trophy as he holds it aloft.

...a woman who claimed she had been pictured dancing with a celebrity in Stringfellows nightclub...

The rattan and wrought-iron chair pictured here costs £125.

VERB : usu passive , be V-ed , be V-ed -ing , V-ed


You can refer to a film as a picture .

...a director of epic action pictures.



If you go to the pictures , you go to a cinema to see a film. ( BRIT; in AM, use the movies )

We’re going to the pictures tonight...

= cinema

N-PLURAL : the N


If you have a picture of something in your mind, you have a clear idea or memory of it in your mind as if you were actually seeing it.

We are just trying to get our picture of the whole afternoon straight...

= image

N-COUNT : oft N of n


If you picture something in your mind, you think of it and have such a clear memory or idea of it that you seem to be able to see it.

He pictured her with long black braided hair...

He pictured Claire sitting out in the car, waiting for him...

I tried to picture the place, but could not.

= imagine

VERB : V n prep , V n -ing , V n


A picture of something is a description of it or an indication of what it is like.

I’ll try and give you a better picture of what the boys do...

N-COUNT : usu sing , with supp


When you refer to the picture in a particular place, you are referring to the situation there.

It’s a similar picture across the border in Ethiopia.

= situation

N-SING : oft the N


If you get the picture , you understand the situation, especially one which someone is describing to you.

Luke never tells you the whole story, but you always get the picture.

= get the idea

PHRASE : V inflects


If you say that someone is in the picture , you mean that they are involved in the situation that you are talking about. If you say that they are out of the picture , you mean that they are not involved in the situation.

Meyerson is back in the picture after disappearing in July...

PHRASE : v-link PHR , PHR after v


You use picture to describe what someone looks like. For example, if you say that someone is a picture of health or the picture of misery , you mean that they look extremely healthy or extremely miserable.

We found her standing on a chair, the picture of terror, screaming hysterically.

PHRASE : v-link PHR


If you put someone in the picture , you tell them about a situation which they need to know about.

Has Inspector Fayard put you in the picture?

PHRASE : V inflects

Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Английский словарь Коллинз COBUILD для изучающих язык на продвинутом уровне.