Meaning of PICTURE in English


(~s, picturing, ~d)

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


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

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



A ~ is a photograph.

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



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

...heartrending television ~s of human suffering.

N-COUNT: usu pl


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

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

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

The rattan and wrought-iron chair ~d here costs ?125.

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


You can refer to a film as a ~.

...a director of epic action ~s.



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

We’re going to the ~s tonight...

= cinema



If you have a ~ 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 ~ of the whole afternoon straight...

= image

N-COUNT: oft N of n


If you ~ 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 ~d her with long black braided hair...

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

I tried to ~ the place, but could not.

= imagine

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


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

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

N-COUNT: usu sing, with supp


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

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

= situation

N-SING: oft the N


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

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

= get the idea

PHRASE: V inflects


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

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

PHRASE: v-link PHR, PHR after v


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

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

PHRASE: v-link PHR


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

Has Inspector Fayard put you in the ~?

PHRASE: V inflects

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