What does portray mean?

Definitions for portray
pɔrˈtreɪ, poʊr-por·tray

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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.

    Etymology: portraire.

  2. portray(Verb)

    To adorn with pictures.

    Etymology: portraire.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Portray(verb)

    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. Portray(verb)

    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. Portray(verb)

    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. Richard Painter:

    I don’t want this to be an attack on Boy Scouts, i think it would be sad for people to turn on the Boy Scouts and portray them as a right-wing organization.

  2. Seth Rosenfeld:

    However, on the back of last month's announcement of new stainless anti-dumping duties, further protectionist policies by the European Commission may begin to portray a more proactive policy response than seen historically.

  3. Emeasoba George:

    True Love always protects, it always trusts, it always hopes and it always perseveres. Reference 1st Corianthians 13:7. The scripture says all that in black and white. And that is to say evidently and obviously, every true love must be protective of his or her spouse or partner. Besides, every true love must be trustworthy. In other words, he or she should always trust his or her partner or spouse and should be trusted equally. Moreover, every true love should be hopeful always and not at all hopeless, no matter what. Also, every true love is expected to persevere all through tough times and never to give up or quit. Now that is just proven attributes of true love. The burning question is. Do you have the above characteristics in your relationship or marriage? If your answer is NO. Then, you've got to have a rethink and afterwards just imbibe and portray all the above attributes. For, that is just what is expected of you and nothing less than that. -Emeasoba George

  4. Peyton Bannon:

    I do feel bad for them for letting Peyton Bannon portray it like that.

  5. Mark Hertling:

    The President is attempting to portray the military as being on The President side, the way The President speaks carries an assumption that the military supports everything The President is doing. And that's harmful in several ways.

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