Definitions for portraypɔrˈtreɪ, poʊr-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

por•traypɔrˈtreɪ, poʊr-(v.t.)

  1. to make a likeness of by drawing, painting, carving, etc.; depict.

  2. to depict in words; describe graphically.

  3. to represent dramatically, as on the stage:

    the actor who portrayed Napoleon.

Origin of portray:

1300–50; ME < MF portraire < LL prōtrahere to depict, L: to draw forth


Princeton's WordNet

  1. portray(verb)

    portray in words

    "The book portrays the actor as a selfish person"

  2. portray, depict, limn(verb)

    make a portrait of

    "Goya wanted to portray his mistress, the Duchess of Alba"

  3. impersonate, portray(verb)

    assume or act the character of

    "She impersonates Madonna"; "The actor portrays an elderly, lonely man"

  4. portray, present(verb)

    represent abstractly, for example in a painting, drawing, or sculpture

    "The father is portrayed as a good-looking man in this painting"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. portray(verb)ɔrˈtreɪ, poʊr-

    to describe or show in a particular way

    The press unfairly portrayed her as a self-obsessed woman.

  2. portrayɔrˈtreɪ, poʊr-

    to act a particular role in a movie, play, etc.

    In his latest movie he portrays another action hero.


  1. portray(Verb)

    To describe in words; to convey.

  2. portray(Verb)

    To adorn with pictures.

  3. Origin: portraire.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Portray(verb)

    to paint or draw the likeness of; as, to portray a king on horseback

  2. Portray(verb)

    hence, figuratively, to describe in words

  3. Portray(verb)

    to adorn with pictures

Anagrams of portray

  1. parroty

Translations for portray

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to make a portrait of

In this painting, the king is portrayed sitting on his throne.

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