verb de·pict \ di-ˈpikt , dē- \
|Updated on: 10 Jul 2018

Definition of depict

1 : to represent by or as if by a picture
  • a mural depicting a famous battle
2 : describe 1
  • the way the novelist depicts his female characters


play \-ˈpik-tər\ noun


play \-ˈpik-shən\ noun

Examples of depict in a Sentence

  1. The wall was painted with a large mural depicting famous scenes from American history.

  2. Several of the architect's most famous buildings will soon be depicted on postage stamps.

  3. The photograph depicts the two brothers standing in front of a store.

  4. Angels are usually depicted with wings.

  5. In the drawing, the magic cap was depicted as a soft, black hat.

  6. The movie depicts the life of early settlers.

  7. I like the way she depicts the characters in her novels.

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depict and depiction

If you depict someone or something, you show what that person or thing is like—either in some kind of image (such as a drawing, painting, photograph, or movie), or with words.

What results from your efforts to depict that person or thing can be called a depiction. The noun depiction is included at this entry without a definition because its meaning can be easily understood from the definition of the verb—it's the act of, or an instance of, depicting something or someone—but some examples of depiction in a sentence might be helpful:

The depiction of the battle in the painting is not historically correct.

I think the novel is a good depiction of a typical modern American marriage.

Many were moved by the film's depictions of animals helping people.

The author's depiction of the practice as uncommon is problematic; it's done by millions of people throughout the world every day.

The essay is an honest depiction of life in the city.

The book is fascinating in its depiction of the country's early history.

Origin and Etymology of depict

Latin depictus, past participle of depingere, from de- + pingere to paint — more at paint

DEPICT Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of depict for English Language Learners

  • : to show (someone or something) in a picture, painting, photograph, etc.

  • : to describe (someone or something) using words, a story, etc.

DEPICT Defined for Kids


verb de·pict \ di-ˈpikt \

Definition of depict for Students

depicted; depicting
1 : to represent by a picture
2 : to describe in words

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