Definitions for portraypɔrˈtreɪ, poʊr-
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portray in words
"The book portrays the actor as a selfish person"
portray, depict, limn(verb)
make a portrait of
"Goya wanted to portray his mistress, the Duchess of Alba"
assume or act the character of
"She impersonates Madonna"; "The actor portrays an elderly, lonely man"
represent abstractly, for example in a painting, drawing, or sculpture
"The father is portrayed as a good-looking man in this painting"
To describe in words; to convey.
To adorn with pictures.
to paint or draw the likeness of; as, to portray a king on horseback
hence, figuratively, to describe in words
to adorn with pictures
Origin: [OE. pourtraien, OF. portraire, pourtraire, F. portraire, fr. L. protrahere, protractum, to draw or drag forth; pro forward, forth + trahere to draw. See Trace, v. t., and cf. Protract.]
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I wanted to portray them as beautiful young people, which is what they are.
Our findings portray a gap between current practice and what patients say they want.
Lost. titus can portray internal conflict just through his eyes, his look or a moment.
Never does a man portray his own character more vividly than in his manner of portraying another.
The man stands for all good things, and holy peppermint sticks -- we're going to portray that guy !
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