portray

  • 1 Portray — Por*tray , v. t. [Written also {pourtray}.] [imp. & p. p. {portrayed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Portraying}.] [OE. pourtraien, OF. portraire, pourtraire, F. portraire, fr. L. protrahere, protractum, to draw or drag forth; pro forward, forth + trahere to… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 portray — c.1300, from Anglo Fr. purtraire, O.Fr. portraire to draw, to paint, portray (12c.), lit. trace, draw forth, from por forth (from L. pro ) + traire trace, draw, from L. trahere to drag, draw (see TRACT (Cf. tract) (1)) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 3 portray — I verb act, adumbrate, characterize, convey a verbal image, convey an impression, delineate, depict, depicture, depingere, describe, detail, draw, express, give words to, illustrate, limn, outline, paint, particularize, picture, present, recreate …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 portray — *represent, depict, delineate, picture, limn Analogous words: image, photograph (see corresponding nouns at IMAGE): describe, *relate, narrate: reproduce, copy, duplicate (see corresponding nouns at REPRODUCTION) …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 portray — [v] represent, imitate act like, characterize, copy, delineate, depict, describe, draw, duplicate, figure, illustrate, image, impersonate, interpret, limn, mimic, paint, parody, photograph, picture, render, reproduce, simulate, sketch; concepts… …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 portray — ► VERB 1) depict in a work of art or literature. 2) describe in a particular way. 3) (of an actor) play the part of. DERIVATIVES portrayal noun portrayer noun. ORIGIN Old French portraire, from traire to draw …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 portray — [pôr trā′] vt. [ME purtreien < MFr portraire < L protrahere, to draw forth < pro , forth + trahere, to DRAW] 1. to make a picture or portrait of; depict; delineate 2. to make a word picture of; describe 3. to play the part of as in a… …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 portray */ — UK [pɔː(r)ˈtreɪ] / US [pɔrˈtreɪ] verb [transitive] Word forms portray : present tense I/you/we/they portray he/she/it portrays present participle portraying past tense portrayed past participle portrayed 1) a) to show or describe someone or… …

    English dictionary

  • 9 portray — verb ADVERB ▪ accurately ▪ clearly ▪ graphically, vividly ▪ an incident that graphically portrays the dangers associated with this sport ▪ The museum …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 10 portray — v. (d; tr.) to portray as (to portray smb. as a hero) * * * [ pɔːtreɪ] (d; tr.) to portray as (to portray smb. as a hero) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 11 portray — por|tray [ pɔr treı ] verb transitive * 1. ) to show or describe someone or something in a particular way: portray someone as something: Opponents portray the president as weak and ineffectual. portray someone in a good/bad light (=make them seem …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 12 portray — por|tray [po:ˈtreı US po:r ] v [T] [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: portraire, from Latin protrahere to draw out, show ] 1.) portray sb/sth as sth to describe or show someone or something in a particular way, according to your opinion of… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 portray — verb (T) 1 to describe or represent something or someone: His most famous painting portrayed the death of Nelson. | Levi portrays the sheer horror of the concentration camps very powerfully. 2 portray sb/sth as sth to describe or show someone or… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 portray — [pɔːˈtreɪ] verb [T] 1) to show or describe someone or something in a particular way Opponents portray the president as weak and ineffectual.[/ex] 2) to play the part of a particular person in a film, play etc portrayal noun [C/U] …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 15 portray — transitive verb Etymology: Middle English portraien, from Anglo French purtraire, from Latin protrahere to draw forth, reveal, expose more at protract Date: 14th century 1. to make a picture of ; depict 2. a. to describe in words b. to play the… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 16 portray — portrayable, adj. portrayer, n. /pawr tray , pohr /, v.t. 1. to make a likeness of by drawing, painting, carving, or the like. 2. to depict in words; describe graphically. 3. to represent dramatically, as on the stage: He portrayed Napoleon in… …

    Universalium

  • 17 portray — verb a) To paint or draw the likeness of. b) To describe in words; to convey. See Also: portrait, portrayal …

    Wiktionary

  • 18 portray — Synonyms and related words: act a part, act out, bring to life, cartoon, catch a likeness, chalk, character, characterize, charcoal, chart, color, copy, crayon, create a role, crosshatch, dash off, daub, delineate, depict, describe, design,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 19 portray — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. picture, describe; enact, act out. See representation, drama, description. II (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To represent] Syn. depict, characterize, reproduce; see define 2 , describe , represent 2 . 2. [To… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 20 portray — v. a. Alys. 1520 …

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