What does portray mean?

Definitions for portraypɔrˈtreɪ, poʊr-

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word portray.

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"


  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.]


  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. Peyton Bannon:

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

  2. Sara Haines:

    There is so much psychology in what we see and how we portray strength.

  3. Anne Geddes:

    I wanted to portray them as beautiful young people, which is what they are.

  4. Raymond Thornton:

    Our findings portray a gap between current practice and what patients say they want.

  5. Michael Connelly:

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

Images & Illustrations of portray

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