picture - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [countable] a drawing, painting, or photograph

    I noticed a picture on the dining-room wall.

    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
    [countable] [usually singular] a description or idea of what someone or something is like
    picture of:

    My friends had a rather distorted picture of my life.

    paint a picture (of something) (=give a description):

    The report paints a rather gloomy picture of life in the inner cities.

  3. 3
    [countable] mainly American a film

    It won the award for Best Picture.

    1. a.

      the pictures

      [plural] old-fashioned the cinema
  4. 4
    [singular] a situation

    The picture has changed a lot in the last couple of weeks.

    The general picture was one of neglect and decline.