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
depiction \ di-​ˈpik-​shən How to pronounce depiction (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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Recent Examples on the Web

Our guide leads us around the terraces, explaining that the intricate carvings on the walls basically serve as a huge open-air encyclopedia depicting the teachings of Buddha and offering a glimpse into Indonesia’s past. Jennifer Goldstein, Marie Claire, "How To Spice Up Your Skincare Routine," 18 Jan. 2019 Netflix’s On My Block shows inner-city Latinx kids trying to make it through high school, depicting a coming-of-age story for Latinx youth. Isabella Gomez, Teen Vogue, "The Emmys 2018 Are More Diverse Than Ever — But Latinx Stories Are Still Missing," 17 Sep. 2018 Bierstadt’s great work, on loan from the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum in Vermont, depicts the glory of the Yosemite valley. Matthew J. Palm, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Morse Museum is free today — don't miss 'Domes of the Yosemite'," 4 July 2018 The Goldbergs—created and written by radio colossus Gertrude Berg, who also starred in the show—depicted a Jewish family in the Bronx. Jeff Lipsky, HWD, "Milo Ventimiglia, Sara Gilbert, Constance Wu, and Other TV Moms and Dads Sound Off," 14 June 2018 The card, which was first called out by Facebook user Takeisha Saunders for being the only card depicting an African-American couple and using a culturally insensitive term, is due to be removed from about 900 Target stores. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Target Is Sorry It Sold 'Baby Daddy' Father's Day Cards Featuring a Black Couple," 14 June 2018 The mural is one of 20 depicting U.S. presidents, including Barack Obama, accompanied by inspiring quotes, the San Antonio Express-News reports. Gina Martinez, Time, "There's a Mural of President Trump With an Art of the Deal Quote at the Shelter Housing 1,500 Immigrant Children," 14 June 2018 The Fallows are intent on depicting US cities not as isolated data entries but as part of one continuous American landscape. Noble Ingram, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Our Towns' finds optimism in America's smaller cities," 12 June 2018 The films were simple at first, depicting either actual events (the arrival of a train at a railroad station; President McKinley strolling in his garden) or brief, often comic situations (a woman’s skirts blown up by a stiff wind; a man sneezing). Longreads, "When the Movies Went West," 15 May 2018

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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