1 portray in words; "The book portrays the actor as a selfish person"
2 make a portrait of; "Goya wanted to portray his mistress, the Duchess of Alba" [syn: depict, limn]
3 assume or act the character of; "She impersonates Madonna"; "The actor portrays an elderly, lonely man" [syn: impersonate]
4 represent in a painting, drawing, sculpture, or verbally; "The father is portrayed as a good-looking man in this painting" [syn: present]
- Rhymes: -eɪ
figuratively: to describe in words
- German: porträtieren
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