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American English: /ˈpɪk(t)ʃər/
British English: /ˈpɪktʃə/

Translation of picture in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 (representation, drawing, diagram) the book has no pictures
    el libro no tiene ilustraciones
    to draw a picture of something
    hacer un dibujo de algo
    dibujar algo
    one picture is worth a thousand words
    una imagen vale más que mil palabras
    1.2 (painting) to paint a picture of something/somebody
    pintar algo/a alguien
    he wants to paint our picture
    nos quiere pintar or retratar
    the book paints a gloomy picture of …
    el libro pinta un cuadro sombrío de …
    as pretty as a picturethe village was as pretty as a picture
    el pueblo era de postal
    she's as pretty as a picture
    es preciosa
    picture framer picture hook
    gancho (masculine) para cuadros
    picture library
    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.
    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 (photo) to take a picture of something/somebody
    sacarle or tomarle una foto a algo/alguien
    hacerle una foto a algo/alguien (Spain)
    we had our picture in the paper
    nuestra foto salió en el periódico
    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.
  • 2 (situation) it was a similar picture across the border
    el panorama era similar al otro lado de la frontera
    that's not the whole picture
    esa es una visión parcial del asunto
    the big picture
    la gran prespectiva
    to come into the pictureBill wants to know where/how he comes into the picture
    Bill quiere saber cuál es su papel en todo esto
    what she thinks doesn't come into the picture at all
    su opinión no viene al caso
    to get the picture [colloquial]you're not welcome here, get the picture?
    aquí no eres bienvenido ¿entiendes or te enteras?
    just read this, you'll soon get the picture
    léete esto, enseguida te harás una idea
    to put somebody in the picture
    poner a alguien al tanto (de la situación)
    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.
  • 3 (idea) you get a totally different picture from these figures
    estas cifras te dan una idea or una impresión totalmente distinta
  • 4 (Television)
    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.
  • 5 (Cinema) 5.1 (movie)
    Example sentences
    • The only action in his war picture occurs at the very beginning of the film.
    • The picture spawned several sequels aimed at the teenage horror market.
    • There is a rule of thumb amongst movie buffs: the more scriptwriters the worse the picture.
    also: pictures plural
    (cinema) (British) [dated]the pictures
    el cine
    to go to the pictures
    ir al cine
    ir a cine (Colombia)
    Example sentences
    • They were rowdy and shouting - they weren't interested in going to the pictures, they were looking for a fight.
    • But apart from that, I like hanging out with my mates and going to the pictures.
    • She's been chilling out, listening to music, going to the pictures, reading a lot.
  • 6 6.1 (embodiment) he looks the very picture of health
    es la viva imagen de la salud
    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.
    6.2 (beautiful sight) doesn't she look a picture?
    ¿no está preciosa?

transitive verb

  • 1 (imagine)
    I can just picture her
    ya me la imagino
    es como si la estuviera viendo
    I can't quite picture myself with a baby
    no me veo con un niño
    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.
  • 2 (depict) (usually passive) the minister, pictured here next to …
    el ministro, que aparece en la foto junto a …
    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.
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