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picture

noun  /ˈpɪk·tʃər/ us  

picture noun (REPRESENTATION)

[C] a representation of someone or something produced by drawing, painting, or photographing: He drew/painted a picture of my dog. Brian takes lots of pictures (= photographs). [C] A picture is also an image seen on a television or movie screen: It’s an old set, and the picture is a little fuzzy. [C] A picture is also a movie: It won an Academy Award for best picture.

picture noun (DESCRIPTION)

[C/U] a description of a situation, or the situation itself: [C] Do news reports give an accurate picture of events? [U] They’re looking at individuals and not at the overall picture. [U] Don’t say any more – I get the picture (= understand the situation). [U] Marilyn’s mother more or less stayed out of the picture (= was not involved). [C/U] To paint a picture is to describe a situation: [C] The statistics do not paint an optimistic picture.

picture

verb [T]  /ˈpɪk·tʃər/ us  

picture verb [T] (REPRESENTATION)

to imagine how something looks: Try to picture yourself lying on a beach in the hot sun.
(Definition of picture from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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