Portray meaning

pôr-trā
To portray is to depict or describe something or someone in a certain way.

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.

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To describe or represent in words.

The author portrays the world of the fantastically wealthy.

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To depict or represent pictorially; make a picture of.

The painter portrays a typical country scene.

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To describe or depict in a certain way.

The book portrays her as hardworking and driven.

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To make a picture or portrait of; depict; delineate.
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To play a role; to depict a character or person.

For my next movie, I will be portraying Shakespeare.

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To make a word picture of; describe.
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To play the part of as in a play or film.
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To paint or draw the likeness of.

I will portray a king on horseback.

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(figuratively) To describe in words; to convey.
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To adorn with pictures.
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To represent dramatically, as on the stage.

The actor portrays an obsessed lover in the film.

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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