Meaning of PICTURE in English

PICTURE

■ noun

1》 a painting, drawing, or photograph.

↘a portrait.

↘an image on a television screen.

2》 an impression formed from an account or description: a full ~ of the disaster had not yet emerged.

↘(often in phr. in (or out of) the ~ ) informal a state of being fully informed about or involved in something.

3》 a cinema film.

↘( the ~s ) the cinema.

4》 archaic a person or thing resembling another closely.

■ verb

1》 represent in a ~.

2》 form a mental image of.

Phrases

be (or look ) a ~

1》 be beautiful.

2》 look amusingly startled.

the big ~ informal the situation as a whole.

a (or the ) ~ of —— the embodiment of a specified state or emotion: she looked a ~ of health.

( as ) pretty as a ~ very pretty.

Origin

ME: from L. pictura , from pict- , pingere 'to paint'.

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