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.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- to make a picture or portrait of; depict; delineate
- to make a word picture of; describe
- to play the part of as in a play or film
Origin: ME purtreien < MFr portraire < L protrahere, to draw forth < pro-, forth + trahere, to draw
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transitive verb por·trayed, por·tray·ing, por·trays
- To depict or represent pictorially; make a picture of.
- To depict or describe in words.
- To represent dramatically, as on the stage. See Synonyms at represent.
Origin: Middle English portraien, from Old French portraire : por-, forth (from Latin prō-, forth; see pro-1) + traire, to draw (from Latin trahere, to drag).
- por·trayˈa·ble adjective
- por·trayˈer noun