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portray

play
verb por·tray \pȯr-ˈtrā, pər-\

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of portray

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make a picture of :  depict

  3. 2 a :  to describe in words b :  to play the role of :  enact

portrayer

noun

Examples of portray in a sentence

  1. The White House has portrayed the President as deeply conflicted over the matter.

  2. The lawyer portrayed his client as a victim of child abuse.

  3. He portrayed himself as a victim.

  4. The painting portrays the queen in a purple robe.

  5. Laurence Olivier portrayed Hamlet beautifully.



Origin and Etymology 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

portray

play
verb por·tray \pȯr-ˈtrā\

Definition of portray for Students

portrayed

portraying

  1. 1 :  to make a portrait of <The artist portrayed the young queen.>

  2. 2 :  to describe in words or words and images <The story portrays frontier life.>

  3. 3 :  to play the role of <He portrays the hero in a movie.>





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