- 1A painting or drawing: draw a picture of a treeMore example sentences
- The various pictures, drawings and paintings had their captions in Irish.
- He writes and prints in periodicals verses, drawings and reproductions of pictures which he draws with a brush held in his mouth.
- More than a dozen original pictures (both drawings and paintings) of the dodo now exist.
- 1.1A photograph: we were warned not to take picturesMore example sentences
- The photographer wants to take pictures of me with my laptop.
- A production photographer wants to take pictures of us next to the famous Emmerdale sign.
- The use of long lens photography to take pictures of people in private places without their consent is also forbidden.
- 1.2A portrait: have her picture paintedMore example sentences
- How could these critics of Raphael's unrealistic depictions of the world turn around and paint endless pictures of Ophelia?
- We've probably seen a picture or a portrait of them, or some depiction, which passes for a portrait.
- He then moved to Nigeria, where he lived for nearly 25 years, working as a magistrate and a high court judge and painting pictures of people he met.
- 1.3 • archaic A person or thing resembling another closely: she is the very picture of her motherMore example sentences
- He's the picture of his father, he's a bonny young Irish boy.
- "He's the picture of his old sire, Lazzarone," he continued, looking the horse over critically.
- She's the very picture of her. I saw it at once. When I first went into the room I could hardly believe my own eyes.
- 1.4An impression of something formed from an account or description: a full picture of the disaster had not yet emergedMore example sentences
- But let us hear Socrates out, and get a view of the full picture, as he argues that it would be wrong for him to escape into exile.
- Figures like this are exceptional in the extreme and give a completely unrepresentative impression of the national picture.
- The long-term picture is impressive in light of poor mechanisation levels in the country.
- 1.5An image on a television screen.More example sentences
- Just as yesterday, our televisions screens relayed pictures of running battles with police.
- Anna stood outside beside the exit door, and watched the rows of television screens displaying pictures of the roller coaster ride.
- Fog, frost and even poor television pictures are some of the main problems.
- 1.6A movie: it took five honors, including best pictureMore example sentences
- The movies or pictures as they were called then were the only night out for the locals, many of whom were non-drinkers.
- The picture doesn't include explicit nudity, but it's about as close as you can get.
- But then the movie soon deteriorates into a sub - standard horror picture.
- 1.7 (the pictures) The movies: I’m going to the pictures with my buddiesMore example sentences
- This was the start of going to the pictures with my Grandma.
- As a teenager, going to the pictures was the thing that everyone did.
- Even if you weren't going to the pictures, it was impossible not to notice how many people were waiting outside most of the cinemas for the film to start.
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- 1Represent (someone or something) in a photograph or picture: he is pictured with party guestsMore example sentences
- The poem begins along the right edge of a rice paper sheet next to a vertical strip of black and white photographs picturing Cha obscuring her face with her hands.
- He is pictured at the party with former employees.
- A calendar picturing semi-naked men, shot in aid of a village school, has caused uproar after proving too hot to handle.
- 1.1Describe (someone or something) in a certain way: the markets in London and New York are usually pictured in contrasting termsMore example sentences
- It is usually pictured in the form of an elk, less often as a bear.
- It is therefore imperative that your staff members know how they are being described and pictured.
- I see you're trying to picture this in terms of a cinematic story that can be told on a screen.
- 1.2Form a mental image of: she pictured Benjamin waitingMore example sentences
- Then picture him waiting by the window to greet you every morning as you get to work.
- My imagination won't let me picture Marilyn older than her 36 years.
- It means having the imagination to picture the world through the eyes of an 18-year-old.
be in pictures
- chiefly North American Act in movies or work in the motion-picture industry.More example sentences
- Like a lot of youngsters, John decided early on that he wanted to be in pictures.
- They say that he's exactly the same now as when he was in radio, which I believe, because he's exactly the same now as when he was in pictures.
- Lottie says, ‘Ten years I've been in pictures and hope to be always in some way or other ’.
be (or look) a picture
- Be very pleasing to look at.More example sentences
- She heard Jingle Bells on the radio and when she looked up her face was a picture as she realised what she was listening to.
- The Stadium looks a picture at the moment - the best I have seen it to date.
- The town looks a picture at the moment as you are aware, but there is a substantial cost involved in making all this possible.
the big (or bigger or larger) picture
- • informal The situation as a whole: he’s so involved in the minutiae that he often overlooks the big pictureMore example sentences
- He sees the big picture of the whole industry, and that generates a lot of respect.
- Decency paves the way, full of home sweet values which too often are overlooked in the big picture.
- Nolan has good reason to be excited but he is doing his best not to let the big game divert attention from the big picture.
get the picture
- • informal Understand a situation.More example sentences
- To be honest, I believe it was more difficult to get the picture than to catch the carp.
- I realize that sounds completely revolting, but I think you get the picture.
- Scott didn't seem to get the picture, his brain still working on understanding what Jesse had just told him.
in the picture
- Fully informed about something.More example sentences
- Lee also demonstrates the tying of new patterns so that we are kept fully in the picture.
- Blogging fills in the picture of which only a small part is reported by journalists.
- I am indebted to a good friend for making sure I am kept in the picture.
out of the picture
- No longer involved; irrelevant: hostages were better left out of the pictureMore example sentences
- I told him basically, if he was seeing somebody else, that I was out of the picture.
- But when you take the operations chief out of the picture, it does pose a lot of problems.
- We'd need him out of the picture to release the surplus for spending.
the (or a) picture of ——
- The embodiment of a specified state or emotion: she looked the picture of forbearanceMore example sentences
- This young footballer is the picture of health as he helps make a charity soccer tournament a success.
- He strode into the surgery briskly with no obvious breathlessness; he looked the picture of health.
- He was a dour and industrious man who inspired confidence and was the picture of respectability.
(as) pretty as a picture
- Very pretty.More example sentences
- She was as pretty as a picture - not beautiful, not stark raving mad like me, just pretty.
- He doesn't put Austen on a pedestal and he doesn't make a film that is pretty as a picture but lacking in any sense of vitality.
- The world really is as pretty as a picture for the professor, who has recreated the great photographic journeys of the Victorian Age.
late Middle English: from Latin pictura, from pict- 'painted' (from the verb pingere).