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noun picture pronunciation in American English /ˈpɪktʃər/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a drawing, painting, or photograph
    I noticed a picture on the dining room wall.
    a children’s book with bright colorful pictures
    picture of: She showed me a picture of the house where she was born.
    a picture of a peaceful country scene
    draw/paint a picture: She asked children to draw pictures of their family.
    take a picture (=to use a camera to produce a photograph): I’ll stand over here, and you can take the picture.
    1. a.
      an image on a television, video, or computer screen
      Some viewers are suffering from poor picture quality on all channels.
    2. b.
      an image in your mind
      I have such happy pictures in my mind of those times.
      a mental picture: She had a mental picture of Samuel’s face.
  2. 2
    [singular] a situation
    The economic picture has changed a lot in the last couple of weeks.
    The general picture was one of neglect and decline.
  3. 3
    [countable] [usually singular] a description or idea of what someone or something is like
    paint a picture (of something) (=give a description): The report paints a rather gloomy picture of life in the inner cities.
    picture of: My friends had a very distorted picture of my life.
  4. 4
    [countable] a movie
    It won the award for Best Picture.
    1. a.

      the pictures

      [plural] old-fashioned the movies


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