AskDefine | Define portray

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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]

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  1. To paint or draw the likeness of.
    I will portray a king on horseback.
  2. Hence, figuratively, to describe in words.
  3. To adorn with pictures.

Derived terms


to paint or draw the likeness of
figuratively: to describe in words

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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