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1 to give a representation or account of in words
  • the author portrays her characters with lifelike vividness

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2 to point out the chief quality or qualities of an individual or group
  • traditionally, European authors portrayed the natives as wise and noble

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3 to present a picture of
  • a landscape that portrays the scenery near the town where the painter grew up

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4 to present a portrayal or performance of
  • gained fame portraying Susan B. Anthony in a one-woman show

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The first known use of portray was in the 14th century

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“Portray.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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