Definition of videotape in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈvidēōˌtāp/


1Magnetic tape for recording and reproducing visual images and sound.
Example sentences
  • The images and sound from videotape are hugely inferior to DVD.
  • The images were selected from continuous videotape recordings.
  • Thus, his memory of Lisa is mediated by this black-and-white videotape recording which includes significantly the off-screen presence of Christina.
1.1A videocassette.
Example sentences
  • Fighting for Your Marriage is available with audiocassettes or videotapes.
  • Do you have like the Gameboys or any video games, a lot of videotapes, some DVDs?
  • The walls were lined with shelves holding videotapes and DVDS.
1.2A film or other piece of material recorded on videotape.
Example sentences
  • It looked like he was outside at the time the videotape was filmed.
  • A Defence Department spokesman confirmed the videotape was filmed by members of the Mexican Air Force.
  • The beating went on for about 90 seconds, according to police who saw a videotape of the fracas recorded by a camcorder.


[with object]
Make a video recording of (an event or broadcast): his arrest was videotaped
More example sentences
  • He was so superior to his task that it was like Steven Spielberg videotaping a kid's birthday party.
  • The project will begin in earnest later this year, with three ethnographers tracking and videotaping one family every other week.
  • They then slap some makeup on the girls and begin videotaping them.

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Syllabification: vid·e·o·tape

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