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"picture" in British English

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picturenoun

uk   /ˈpɪk.tʃər/  us   /ˈpɪk.tʃɚ/
  • picture noun (IMAGE)

A1 [C] a ​drawing, ​painting, ​photograph, etc.: Freddy drew/​painted a picture of my ​dog. We took a picture of (= ​photographed) the ​children on ​their new ​bicycles. I ​hate having my picture taken (= being ​photographed).
B2 [C] an ​imageseen on a ​television or ​cinemascreen: We can't get a ​clear picture.
B1 [C] a ​film: Could this be the first ​animatedmovie to ​win a ​best picture ​award?
the pictures [plural] old-fashioned
the ​cinema: Let's go to the pictures ​tonight.
B2 [C] something you ​produce in ​yourmind, by using ​yourimagination or ​memory: I have a very vivid picture of the first ​time I ​met Erik.

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  • picture noun (IDEA)

B2 [S] (an ​idea of) a ​situation: After ​watching the ​news, I had a ​clearer picture of what was ​happening. The picture ​emerging in ​reports from the ​battlefield is one of ​completeconfusion.
[S] a ​situationdescribed in a ​particular way: figurative The ​experts are painting a ​gloomy/​brighter/​rosy picture of the ​state of the ​economy.

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pictureverb [T]

uk   /ˈpɪk.tʃər/  us   /ˈpɪk.tʃɚ/
C1 to ​imagine something: Picture the ​scene - the ​crowds of ​people and ​animals, the ​noise, the ​dirt. [+ -ing verb] Try to picture yourself lying on a ​beach in the ​hotsun. [+ question word] Picture toyourself howterrible that ​day must have been.formal He was pictured (= an ​artist had ​painted him) as a ​soldier in ​fulluniform.

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(Definition of picture from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"picture" in American English

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picturenoun

 us   /ˈpɪk·tʃər/
  • 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 ​takeslots of pictures (= ​photographs).
[C] A picture is also an ​imageseen on a ​television or ​moviescreen: It’s an ​old set, and the picture is a little ​fuzzy.
[C] A picture is also a ​movie: It ​won an ​AcademyAward for ​best picture.
  • picture noun (DESCRIPTION)

[C/U] a ​description of a ​situation, or the ​situation itself: [C] Do ​newsreports 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.

pictureverb [T]

 us   /ˈpɪk·tʃər/
  • picture verb [T] (REPRESENTATION)

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

"picture" in Business English

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picturenoun

uk   us   /ˈpɪktʃər/
[S] an ​idea about what is ​happening in a particular ​situation: a picture of sth They ​conducted a ​survey to get a better picture of their ​customers' ​needs.a clear/complete/accurate picture It is difficult to get an ​accurate picture of ​value.a gloomy/grim/rosy picture The ​economic picture that the ​primeminister painted was fairly ​gloomy.
the big picture
the whole ​situation, as ​opposed to particular ​parts of it: see/look at the big picture The ​boardneeds to ​look at the bigger picture when taking ​investment decisions. It's important not to losesight of the ​big picture. The bigger picture ​shows a ​growingdivide in the ​market between the ​wealthy and the ​poor.
keep/put sb in the picture
to make sure someone knows all the facts about a ​situation that is ​changing: We ​keepshareholders in the picture with our ​annualreports.
out of the picture
not ​part of or involved in a particular ​situation: With ​overtime out of the picture, many of the ​workers will ​struggle to ​survive.
(Definition of picture from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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