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
I have been portraying
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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 ?
Fielding and Smollett could portray the beastliness of their day in the beastliest language; we have plenty of foul subjects to deal with in our day, but we are not allowed to approach them very near, even with nice and guarded forms of speech.
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.
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.
To portray and interpret life in this way, to give his readers a sudden vivid understanding of its main forces and conditions in representative moments, may be called the first obvious purpose, or perhaps rather instinct, of Browning and his poetry.
At eve, within yon studious nook, I ope my brass-embossed book, Portray'd with many a holy deed Of martyrs crown'd with heavenly meed; Then, as my taper waxes dim, Chant, ere I sleep, my measured hymn.
At present she did not know her own poverty, for she had no lover to portray. She had reached the age of seventeen, without having seen one amiable youth who could call forth her sensibility, without having inspired one real passion, and without having excited even any admiration but what was very moderate and very transient.
I am no storyteller, and love as it is cannot be portrayed in a literature dominated and enthralled by the debasing tyranny which "sentences letters" in the name of the Young Girl.
Found in a Bottle," "A Descent Into a Maelstrom" and "The Balloon Hoax"; such tales of conscience as "William Wilson," "The Black Cat" and "The Tell-tale Heart," wherein the retributions of remorse are portrayed with an awful fidelity; such tales of natural beauty as "The Island of the Fay" and "The Domain of Arnheim"; such marvellous studies in ratiocination as the "Gold-bug," "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," "The Purloined Letter" and "The Mystery of Marie Roget," the latter, a recital of fact, demonstrating the author's wonderful capability of correctly analyzing the mysteries of the human mind; such tales of illusion and banter as "The Premature Burial" and "The System of Dr.
His soul palpitating with love of art, he painted the models who hung about the stairway of Bernini in the Piazza de Spagna, undaunted by their obvious picturesqueness; and his studio was full of canvases on which were portrayed moustachioed, large-eyed peasants in peaked hats, urchins in becoming rags, and women in bright petticoats.
The mural painting depicted scenes of rare and wonderful beauty; mountains, rivers, lake, ocean, meadow, trees and flowers, winding roadways, sun-kissed gardens--scenes which might have portrayed earthly views but for the different colorings of the vegetation.
To the house at the head of the bridge there had been affixed three small banners, representing the king, the dauphin, and Marguerite of Flanders, and six little pennons on which were portrayed the Duke of Austria, the Cardinal de Bourbon, M.
Nowhere do we find more vividly portrayed the psychology of the persons that lived in that turbulent period embraced between the years 1912 and