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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.portraying - a representation by picture or portraitureportraying - a representation by picture or portraiture
representational process - any basic cognitive process in which some entity comes to stand for or represent something else
mirror - a faithful depiction or reflection; "the best mirror is an old friend"
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He then leaned one elbow upon the piano, and, crossing one foot over the other, remained standing in an attitude he remembered to have seen in the pages of an illustrated paper as portraying the hero in some drawing-room scene.
I liked the hush, the gloom, the quaintness of these retreats in the day; but I by no means coveted a night's repose on one of those wide and heavy beds: shut in, some of them, with doors of oak; shaded, others, with wrought old English hangings crusted with thick work, portraying effigies of strange flowers, and stranger birds, and strangest human beings,-- all which would have looked strange, indeed, by the pallid gleam of moonlight.
I am portraying this hardy companion as I really knew him.
His dulled senses wished him to swoon and he opposed them stubbornly, his mind portraying unknown dangers and mutilations if he should fall upon the field.
Her field, also, is more limited than that of any other great English novelist; for she deliberately restricted herself, with excellent judgment, to portraying what she knew at first-hand, namely the life of the well-to-do classes of her own 'provincial' region.
The high sun, hot and brilliant, fell like a spotlight upon the actors in the little clearing, portraying them in glaring relief to the audience in the leafy shadows of the surrounding trees.
The whole ship seemed to feel the shock of his despair; and I contemplated with wonder the lofty forehead, the noble touch of time on the un covered temples, the unchanged hungry character of the face--so strangely ascetic and so incapable of portraying emotion.
OSCAR-winning writer Julian Fellowes has criticised James Cameron's hit Titanic movie for vilifying the ship's first officer by portraying him as a coward.
Prominent Egyptian actress Nadia Al Jundi denied circulating rumors that she intends on portraying the ousted First Lady of Egypt Suzan Mubarak in a film titled "Imra'ah Ba'it Masr" (A woman who sold Egypt).
As regards any actors he would want to see portraying him in the film, the former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion said: "It would have to be someone that could accurately portray the struggles I went through to become heavyweight champ.
Harris has proved his ability at portraying horny heteros; he played a straight--and drug-addled--version of himself in the stoner comedy Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle.