Simple Definition of portray
: to describe (someone or something) in a particular way
: to show (someone or something) in a painting, book, etc.
: to play (a character) in a film, play, or television show
Examples of portray
The White House has portrayed the President as deeply conflicted over the matter.
The lawyer portrayed his client as a victim of child abuse.
He portrayed himself as a victim.
The painting portrays the queen in a purple robe.
Laurence Olivier portrayed Hamlet beautifully.
Origin of portray
Middle English portraien, from Anglo-French purtraire, from Latin protrahere to draw forth, reveal, expose — more at protract
First Known Use: 14th century
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PORTRAY Defined for Kids
Definition of portray
1 : to make a portrait of <The artist portrayed the young queen.>
2 : to describe in words or words and images <The story portrays frontier life.>
3 : to play the role of <He portrays the hero in a movie.>
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