To portray is to depict or describe something or someone in a certain way.(verb)
When you make everyone believe your spouse is mean, this is an example of a situation where you portray your spouse as a mean person.
See portray in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME purtreien < MFr portraire < L protrahere, to draw forth < pro-, forth + trahere, to draw
See portray in American Heritage Dictionary 4
transitive verb por·trayed, por·tray·ing, por·trays
Origin: Middle English portraien
Origin: , from Old French portraire
Origin: : por-, forth (from Latin prō-, forth; see pro-1)
Origin: + traire, to draw (from Latin trahere, to drag).
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