I verb act, adumbrate, characterize, convey a verbal image, convey an impression, delineate, depict, depicture, depingere, describe, detail, draw, express, give words to, illustrate, limn, outline, paint, particularize, picture, present, recreate, report, represent, represent in words, reproduce, set forth, show, sketch, specify, stage, tell vividly II index characterize, copy, delineate, denote, depict, describe, detail (particularize), draw (depict), exemplify, impersonate, mock (imitate), pose (impersonate), pretend, recite, recount, relate (tell), render (depict), reproduce, signify (denote)

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  • Portray — Por*tray , v. t. [Written also {pourtray}.] [imp. & p. p. {portrayed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Portraying}.] [OE. pourtraien, OF. portraire, pourtraire, F. portraire, fr. L. protrahere, protractum, to draw or drag forth; pro forward, forth + trahere to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • portray — c.1300, from Anglo Fr. purtraire, O.Fr. portraire to draw, to paint, portray (12c.), lit. trace, draw forth, from por forth (from L. pro ) + traire trace, draw, from L. trahere to drag, draw (see TRACT (Cf. tract) (1)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • portray — *represent, depict, delineate, picture, limn Analogous words: image, photograph (see corresponding nouns at IMAGE): describe, *relate, narrate: reproduce, copy, duplicate (see corresponding nouns at REPRODUCTION) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • portray — [v] represent, imitate act like, characterize, copy, delineate, depict, describe, draw, duplicate, figure, illustrate, image, impersonate, interpret, limn, mimic, paint, parody, photograph, picture, render, reproduce, simulate, sketch; concepts… …   New thesaurus

  • portray — ► VERB 1) depict in a work of art or literature. 2) describe in a particular way. 3) (of an actor) play the part of. DERIVATIVES portrayal noun portrayer noun. ORIGIN Old French portraire, from traire to draw …   English terms dictionary

  • portray — [pôr trā′] vt. [ME purtreien < MFr portraire < L protrahere, to draw forth < pro , forth + trahere, to DRAW] 1. to make a picture or portrait of; depict; delineate 2. to make a word picture of; describe 3. to play the part of as in a… …   English World dictionary

  • portray */ — UK [pɔː(r)ˈtreɪ] / US [pɔrˈtreɪ] verb [transitive] Word forms portray : present tense I/you/we/they portray he/she/it portrays present participle portraying past tense portrayed past participle portrayed 1) a) to show or describe someone or… …   English dictionary

  • portray — verb ADVERB ▪ accurately ▪ clearly ▪ graphically, vividly ▪ an incident that graphically portrays the dangers associated with this sport ▪ The museum …   Collocations dictionary

  • portray — v. (d; tr.) to portray as (to portray smb. as a hero) * * * [ pɔːtreɪ] (d; tr.) to portray as (to portray smb. as a hero) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • portray — por|tray [ pɔr treı ] verb transitive * 1. ) to show or describe someone or something in a particular way: portray someone as something: Opponents portray the president as weak and ineffectual. portray someone in a good/bad light (=make them seem …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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