depict

verb
de·​pict | \ di-ˈpikt How to pronounce depict (audio) , dē-\
depicted; depicting; depicts

Definition of depict

transitive verb

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

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Other Words from depict

depicter \ di-​ˈpik-​tər How to pronounce depicter (audio) , dē-​ \ noun

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.

Examples of depict in a Sentence

The wall was painted with a large mural depicting famous scenes from American history. Several of the architect's most famous buildings will soon be depicted on postage stamps. The photograph depicts the two brothers standing in front of a store. Angels are usually depicted with wings. In the drawing, the magic cap was depicted as a soft, black hat. The movie depicts the life of early settlers. I like the way she depicts the characters in her novels.
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Objects not to miss include a six-fold screen on loan from the Suntory Museum of Art in Tokyo depicting the Hie-Sannō Festival, in which participants ferry seven portable kami shrines across Lake Biwa, east of Kyoto, during a sacred annual rite. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "Only one more week to seek outstanding second rotation of Japanese artworks in CMA’s big Shinto exhibition," 23 June 2019 The exhibit includes a series of photographs and maps depicting the slow growth and development of the early downtown, as well as artifacts from the first businesses lining Main Street and the railroad tracks. Katharina Woodman, The Mercury News, "Exhibit highlights Murphy Avenue’s checkered history," 23 June 2019 Thursday’s strike followed a number of recent incidents, including attacks on oil tankers, that American officials have depicted as part of an Iranian effort to hurt the United States and its allies in the region. Washington Post, "Trump ordered attack on Iran for downing drone, then called it off," 22 June 2019 Karis Raeburn, who flew in with her mother from London Thursday night, not only rocked a flag, but a hairstyle depicting the Stones’ famed tongue logo. Jessi Roti, chicagotribune.com, "Fans: The Rolling Stones are probably still the coolest band your dad got you into," 22 June 2019 The film also had a profound impact on Batman himself, and the way comic book creators would depict the character over the next three decades. Scott Huver, CNN, "How the 1989 'Batman' movie forever changed the comic book character," 22 June 2019 Thursday's strike followed a number of recent incidents, including attacks on oil tankers, that American officials have depicted as part of an Iranian effort to hurt the United States and its allies in the region. oregonlive.com, "Donald Trump calls off retaliatory missile strike on Iran," 21 June 2019 That was the question before officials in Beverly Hills, who wrestled with what to do with a polished steel monument depicting Starr’s hand making a peace sign. latimes.com, "Today: The Storm Over Trump's 5G Plan," 20 June 2019 Even though artistic depictions and museum displays sometimes depict many different Ice Age species together, Chasmaporthetes arrived in the Yukon during a very specific slice of time that would look a bit less familiar to us. Riley Black, Smithsonian, "Prehistoric Hyena’s Teeth Show Bone-Crushing Carnivore Roamed the Arctic," 19 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'depict.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of depict

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for depict

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

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depict

verb

English Language Learners Definition of depict

: to show (someone or something) in a picture, painting, photograph, etc.
: to describe (someone or something) using words, a story, etc.

depict

verb
de·​pict | \ di-ˈpikt How to pronounce depict (audio) \
depicted; depicting

Kids Definition of depict

1 : to represent by a picture
2 : to describe in words

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