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

Other Words from depict

depicter \ di-​ˈpik-​tər How to pronounce depict (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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web The Polish government faced some criticism for not providing the ambassador with more security, allowing for an incident to occur that Russia could use to depict Poland as hostile to Moscow. Vanessa Gera, Anchorage Daily News, 10 May 2022 The Polish government faced criticism for not providing the ambassador with more security, allowing for an incident to occur that Russia could use to depict Poland as hostile to Moscow. Vanessa Gera, ajc, 9 May 2022 The Polish government faced criticism for not providing the ambassador with more security, allowing for an incident to occur that Russia could use to depict Poland as hostile to Moscow. Vanessa Gera, USA TODAY, 9 May 2022 These strategies allowed Hiroshige to depict everyday life as a sort of theatrical production, rich with lively details and staged for maximum impact. Washington Post, 6 May 2022 The museum’s sculptures were completed in 2003, late in her career, and depict women as pivotal to any type of liberation. Shantay Robinson, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Apr. 2022 The stadium would replace the A’s 56-year-old home with what developers depict as a scenic site that includes housing, a hotel and retail shops on the Oakland waterfront. Paul Page, WSJ, 4 Apr. 2022 Gupta said that films often depict these relationships as one person leaning too much on another. Los Angeles Times, 11 Feb. 2022 But this moment, and other symbolic statements seemingly meant to depict China as a nation that cherishes its diversity and to sidestep conversation around China’s reported human rights abuses, wasn’t dwelled on. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 4 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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Last Updated

19 May 2022

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“Depict.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/depict. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for depict

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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