portray

play
verb por·tray \pȯr-ˈtrā, pər-\

Definition of portray

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

  3. 2a :  to describe in wordsb :  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 English Language Learners

portray

play
verb por·tray \pȯr-ˈtrā, pər-\

Definition of portray for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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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