What does portray mean?

Definitions for portray
pɔrˈtreɪ, poʊr-por·tray

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. portrayverb

    portray in words

    "The book portrays the actor as a selfish person"

  2. portray, depict, limnverb

    make a portrait of

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

  3. impersonate, portrayverb

    assume or act the character of

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

  4. portray, presentverb

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

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

Wiktionary

  1. portrayverb

    To describe in words; to convey.

    Etymology: portraire.

  2. portrayverb

    To adorn with pictures.

    Etymology: portraire.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Portrayverb

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

    Etymology: [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.]

  2. Portrayverb

    hence, figuratively, to describe in words

    Etymology: [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.]

  3. Portrayverb

    to adorn with pictures

    Etymology: [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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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

Examples of portray in a Sentence

  1. Tom Valent:

    The man stands for all good things, and holy peppermint sticks -- we're going to portray that guy !

  2. Emeasoba George:

    True love is not just a mere feeling. It is more than that. I mean, true love is a decision to treat others the way God would treat them. That is to say, satisfying other people's needs or emotions at your own expense. Yes of course, any love that does not portray some sort of sacrifice is obviously an untrue love. For, true love is meant to be sacrificial and never the opposite (mark you). -Emeasoba George

  3. Emeasoba George:

    You are an ingrate and you will remain an ingrate until you imbibe/portray gratitude as your attitude/lifestyle for life.

  4. Buddy Valastro:

    I've always been in and around Hoboken, i'm a Hoboken guy, and I know the town inside and out. I walk around and say hi to people I've known for years. And on the show, we always portray Hoboken in a good light. Businesses around here do better with us here.

  5. Lyle Alzado:

    People can portray me anyway they want because I don't give a damn. I am what I am. And until those people touch me close enough, they'll never know who I am. If they don't want to see me in this interview or a newspaper article, and say "what's the matter with this guy?" Let'em say it. But don't you analyze me and don't you tell me what I am until you get close enough to understand what I am. Then you can make an analysis of me, but don't you dare do it until then.

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