Portray Definition

portrayed, portraying, portrays
portrayed, portraying, portrays
To make a picture or portrait of; depict; delineate.
Webster's New World
To make a word picture of; describe.
Webster's New World
To describe or depict in a certain way.
The book portrays her as hardworking and driven.
American Heritage
To play the part of as in a play or film.
Webster's New World
To represent dramatically, as on the stage.
The actor portrays an obsessed lover in the film.
American Heritage

Origin of Portray

  • Middle English portraien from Old French portraire por- forth (from Latin prō- forth pro–1) traire to draw (from Latin trahere to drag)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle French portraire.

    From Wiktionary

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