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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.

  2. portrayverb

    To adorn with pictures.

  3. Etymology: portraire.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To PORTRAYverb

    Etymology: pourtraire, Fr.

    The Earl of Warwick’s ragged staff is yet to be seen portrayed in many places of their church steeple. Carew.

    Take a tile, and so portray upon it the city Jerusalem. Ez.

    Our Phenix queen was portrayed too bright,
    Beauty alone could beauty take so right. Dryden.

    Shields
    Various, with boastful argument portray’d. John Milton.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Portrayverb

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

  2. Portrayverb

    hence, figuratively, to describe in words

  3. Portrayverb

    to adorn with pictures

  4. 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. Michael Smallberg:

    The recent close ties between the foundation and Wall Street banks and other big businesses may complicate her attempt to portray herself as an economic populist and reposition her stance on financial issues.

  2. Aaron Taylor-Johnson:

    It's super surreal and very overwhelming and kind of daunting stepping onto that set but luckily we'd just done a movie together and I think it helped a lot to have a partner in crime, besides the personalities being daunting because they're all such amazing actors, it's also daunting to step on and learn about how Aaron Taylor-Johnson're going to portray these characters when it's all second nature to them now.

  3. Sara Haines:

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

  4. Kazuo Okada:

    You may have some doubts as to what I’ve been doing because of the reports in the press, including Reuters and Asahi Shimbun, these are all misunderstandings. They portray me as if I’m a bad person but that’s not the case.

  5. Derek Holt at Scotiabank:

    There are dim hopes amidst an active rumor mill that on balance continues to portray both Greek PM Alexis Tsipras and his main banker German Chancellor Angela Merkel as uncompromising.

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