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

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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