The word "picture" /pik shur/ refers to some kind of an image, whether in the form of a painting, photograph, film, or video.
- The children drew pictures of their favorite animals in their art class today.
- A picture of a man wanted by the FBI appeared in the newspaper.
- Would you mind taking our picture? (picture = photo)
- That's a beautiful picture!
- Send me your picture in the form of an attachment.
- Brad Pitt is appearing in a new picture titled "Fury."
- Pictures of cats are a popular form of online entertainment.
When the word "picture" is used as a verb, it often means that a person uses his or her imagination to visualize something.
- Can you picture yourself somewhere on a beach in the Caribbean?
- Picture this: In ten years, you might be married with children and living in a house in the suburbs.
- It's very difficult to picture David as a doctor.
- It's hard to picture the two of them together as a couple.
Note: Americans refer to cinematic productions as "movies." This is the abbreviated form of "moving pictures." Over time, instead of saying to someone, "Let's go see a moving pictures show," it became, "Let's go see a movie." However, the word "picture" is still used within the film industry when taking about a movie or a film.
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This page was first published on October 16, 2013.