portray


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por·tray

 (pôr-trā′)
tr.v. por·trayed, por·tray·ing, por·trays
1. To depict or represent pictorially; make a picture of: The painter portrays a typical country scene.
2. To describe or represent in words: The author portrays the world of the fantastically wealthy.
3. To describe or depict in a certain way: The book portrays her as hardworking and driven.
4. To represent dramatically, as on the stage: The actor portrays an obsessed lover in the film.

[Middle English portraien, from Old French portraire : por-, forth (from Latin prō-, forth; see pro-1) + traire, to draw (from Latin trahere, to drag).]

por·tray′a·ble adj.
por·tray′er n.

portray

(pɔːˈtreɪ)
vb (tr)
1. (Art Terms) to represent in a painting, drawing, sculpture, etc; make a portrait of
2. to make a verbal picture of; depict in words
3. (Film) to play the part of (a character) in a play or film
[C14: from Old French portraire to depict, from Latin prōtrahere to drag forth, bring to light, from pro-1 + trahere to drag]
porˈtrayable adj
porˈtrayal n
porˈtrayer n

por•tray

(pɔrˈtreɪ, poʊr-)

v.t.
1. to make a likeness of by drawing, painting, carving, etc.; depict.
2. to depict in words; describe graphically.
3. to represent dramatically, as on the stage: the actor who portrayed Napoleon.
[1300–50; Middle English < Middle French portraire < Late Latin prōtrahere to depict, Latin: to draw forth]
por•tray′er, n.

portray


Past participle: portrayed
Gerund: portraying

Imperative
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Present
I portray
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we portray
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Preterite
I portrayed
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Present Continuous
I am portraying
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Present Perfect
I have portrayed
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Past Continuous
I was portraying
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Past Perfect
I had portrayed
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Future
I will portray
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Future Perfect
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Future Continuous
I will be portraying
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Present Perfect Continuous
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Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been portraying
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Past Perfect Continuous
I had been portraying
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Conditional
I would portray
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Past Conditional
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.portray - portray in words; "The book portrays the actor as a selfish person"
represent - serve as a means of expressing something; "The flower represents a young girl"
2.portray - make a portrait of; "Goya wanted to portray his mistress, the Duchess of Alba"
artistic creation, artistic production, art - the creation of beautiful or significant things; "art does not need to be innovative to be good"; "I was never any good at art"; "he said that architecture is the art of wasting space beautifully"
interpret, represent - create an image or likeness of; "The painter represented his wife as a young girl"
3.portray - assume or act the character of; "She impersonates Madonna"; "The actor portrays an elderly, lonely man"
performing arts - arts or skills that require public performance
act, play, represent - play a role or part; "Gielgud played Hamlet"; "She wants to act Lady Macbeth, but she is too young for the role"; "She played the servant to her husband's master"
4.portray - represent abstractly, for example in a painting, drawing, or sculpture; "The father is portrayed as a good-looking man in this painting"
artistic creation, artistic production, art - the creation of beautiful or significant things; "art does not need to be innovative to be good"; "I was never any good at art"; "he said that architecture is the art of wasting space beautifully"
interpret, represent - create an image or likeness of; "The painter represented his wife as a young girl"
commend - present as worthy of regard, kindness, or confidence; "His paintings commend him to the artistic world"

portray

verb
1. play, take the role of, act the part of, represent, personate (rare) He portrayed the king in a revival of 'Camelot'.
2. describe, present, depict, evoke, delineate, put in words the novelist accurately portrays provincial domestic life
3. represent, draw, paint, illustrate, sketch, figure, picture, render, depict, delineate the landscape as portrayed by painters such as Poussin
4. characterize, describe, represent, depict, paint a mental picture of complaints about the way women are portrayed in adverts

portray

verb
1. To present a lifelike image of:
2. To play the part of:
Translations
يُصَوِّر، يَرْسُميُمَثِّل دَورا
hrátportrétovatzpodobnit
afbildespille
gera/mála portrettleika
pavaizdavimasvaizdavimas
attēlotatveidottēlot
portretować
portrétovať
canlandırmakportresini yapmakresmini çizmek

portray

[pɔːˈtreɪ] VT
1. (= paint etc portrait of) → retratar
2. (= describe, paint etc) → representar, pintar

portray

[pɔːrˈtreɪ] vt
[artist] [+ person, society] → faire le portrait de; [+ landscape] → représenter
[writer] → dépeindre, représenter
[film, book, programme] → présenter
She says the programme portrayed her as dishonest → Elle dit qu'elle a été présentée dans l'émission comme quelqu'un de malhonnête.
[actor] → incarner

portray

vtdarstellen; (= paint also)malen

portray

[pɔːˈtreɪ] vt (painter, writer, novel) → ritrarre; (painting) → raffigurare; (actor) → interpretare

portray

(poːˈtrei) verb
1. to make a portrait of. In this painting, the king is portrayed sitting on his throne.
2. to act the part of. the actor who portrays Hamlet.
portrayal (poːˈtreiəl) noun
the act of portraying.
References in classic literature ?
A chanting cherub adorned the cover of the sugar bucket, and attempts to portray Romeo and Juliet supplied kindling for some time.
I plead with you," he said, "whoever you may be, provided that you care about the truth; but most of all I plead with working- man, with those to whom the evils I portray are not mere matters of sentiment, to be dallied and toyed with, and then perhaps put aside and forgotten--to whom they are the grim and relentless realities of the daily grind, the chains upon their limbs, the lash upon their backs, the iron in their souls.
I do not see how an actor can forget himself and portray hot passion before a cold still audience.
Recall the august yet harmonious lineaments, the Grecian neck and bust; let the round and dazzling arm be visible, and the delicate hand; omit neither diamond ring nor gold bracelet; portray faithfully the attire, aerial lace and glistening satin, graceful scarf and golden rose; call it 'Blanche, an accomplished lady of rank.
Faces that fall into types you can describe, or at all events label in such a way that the reader can identify them; but those faces that consist mainly of spiritual effect and physical bloom, that change with everything they look upon, the light in which ebbs and flows with every changing tide of the soul,--these you have to love to know, and to worship to portray.
Artists may come who will portray the marvel of the wires that quiver with electrified words, and the romance of the switchboards that trem- ble with the secrets of a great city.
The same thing holds good of Dithyrambs and Nomes; here too one may portray different types, as Timotheus and Philoxenus differed in representing their Cyclopes.
The simplest words must intimate, but not portray, the unutterable horror of the catastrophe.
No: I saw nothing of the sort, and therefore cannot portray it.
In the light of what happened, I could wish that it were possible to portray him as a hulking brute of evil appearance and worse morals--the sort of person concerning whom one could reflect comfortably that he deserved all he got.
At present she did not know her own poverty, for she had no lover to portray.
One is not astonished by cruelty in a hideous face, but when it touches the features of a goddess whose fine-chiselled lineaments might more fittingly portray love and beauty, the contrast is appalling.