Definition of Portray

1. Verb. Portray in words. "The book portrays the actor as a selfish person"

Generic synonyms: Represent
Derivative terms: Portrait, Portraiture, Portrayal



2. Verb. Make a portrait of. "Goya wanted to portray his mistress, the Duchess of Alba"
Exact synonyms: Depict, Limn
Category relationships: Art, Artistic Creation, Artistic Production
Generic synonyms: Interpret, Represent
Derivative terms: Depicting, Depiction, Depictive, Picture, Limner, Portraitist, Portraiture, Portrayal, Portraying

3. Verb. Assume or act the character of. "The actor portrays an elderly, lonely man"
Exact synonyms: Impersonate
Category relationships: Performing Arts
Generic synonyms: Act, Play, Represent
Derivative terms: Impersonation, Impersonation, Persona, Portrayal

4. Verb. Represent abstractly, for example in a painting, drawing, or sculpture. "The father is portrayed as a good-looking man in this painting"
Exact synonyms: Present
Category relationships: Art, Artistic Creation, Artistic Production
Generic synonyms: Interpret, Represent
Specialized synonyms: Commend
Derivative terms: Portraitist, Portraiture, Portrayal, Portrayer, Portraying, Presentation, Presentment

Definition of Portray

1. v. t. To paint or draw the likeness of; as, to portray a king on horseback.

Definition of Portray

1. Verb. To paint or draw the likeness of. ¹

2. Verb. (figuratively) To describe in words; to convey. ¹

3. Verb. To play a role; to depict a character or person. ¹

4. Verb. To adorn with pictures. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Portray

1. to represent pictorially [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Portray Pictures

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Portray

portous
portouses
portrait
portrait camera
portrait lens
portrait painter
portraited
portraiting
portraitist
portraitists
portraitlike
portraits
portraiture
portraitures
portray (current term)
portrayable
portrayal
portrayals
portrayed
portrayer
portrayers
portraying
portrays
portreeve
portreeves
portress
portresses
ports
portsale

Literary usage of Portray

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Republic of Plato by Plato (1914)
"... but it would be an interminable task, omitting nothing, to portray in detail the several states and all their customs." " That is rightly spoken. ..."

2. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN, Sidney Lee (1890)
"His productions are full of character, reserve, and dignity, excellent as likenesses, and especially successful when they portray faces ..."

3. The Library of Literary Criticism of English and American Authors by Charles Wells Moulton (1904)
"To portray scenes of low successful villainy, and to paint ghastly and hideous details of human suffering, can be no elevating task for a man of genius, ..."

4. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"The cry of "Ireland a Nation" never appealed to her, nor does she portray the struggle of the native Irish against the English garrison, ..."

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