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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.
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Noun1.portrayer - a painter or drawer of portraitsportrayer - a painter or drawer of portraits  
painter - an artist who paints
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London, where most of his novels are wholly or chiefly located, has in him its chief and most comprehensive portrayer.
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