Definitions for portraypɔrˈtreɪ, poʊr-

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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"

Wiktionary

  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

  4. 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.]

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of portray in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of portray in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Michael Connelly:

    Lost. titus can portray internal conflict just through his eyes, his look or a moment.

  2. Richter:

    Never does a man portray his own character more vividly than in his manner of portraying another.

  3. John Cleese:

    I find it rather easy to portray a businessman. Being bland, rather cruel and incompetent comes naturally to me.

  4. Emeasoba George:

    Whoever that is hateful rather than loveful is bound to harbour & portray feelings of resentment. Oh! Yes, he/she can't help it.

  5. W. Somerset Maugham:

    The nature of men and women - their essential nature - is so vile and despicable that if you were to portray a person as he really is, no one would believe you.

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