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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.
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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
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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.
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portray


Past participle: portrayed
Gerund: portraying

Imperative
portray
portray
Present
I portray
you portray
he/she/it portrays
we portray
you portray
they portray
Preterite
I portrayed
you portrayed
he/she/it portrayed
we portrayed
you portrayed
they portrayed
Present Continuous
I am portraying
you are portraying
he/she/it is portraying
we are portraying
you are portraying
they are portraying
Present Perfect
I have portrayed
you have portrayed
he/she/it has portrayed
we have portrayed
you have portrayed
they have portrayed
Past Continuous
I was portraying
you were portraying
he/she/it was portraying
we were portraying
you were portraying
they were portraying
Past Perfect
I had portrayed
you had portrayed
he/she/it had portrayed
we had portrayed
you had portrayed
they had portrayed
Future
I will portray
you will portray
he/she/it will portray
we will portray
you will portray
they will portray
Future Perfect
I will have portrayed
you will have portrayed
he/she/it will have portrayed
we will have portrayed
you will have portrayed
they will have portrayed
Future Continuous
I will be portraying
you will be portraying
he/she/it will be portraying
we will be portraying
you will be portraying
they will be portraying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been portraying
you have been portraying
he/she/it has been portraying
we have been portraying
you have been portraying
they have been portraying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been portraying
you will have been portraying
he/she/it will have been portraying
we will have been portraying
you will have been portraying
they will have been portraying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been portraying
you had been portraying
he/she/it had been portraying
we had been portraying
you had been portraying
they had been portraying
Conditional
I would portray
you would portray
he/she/it would portray
we would portray
you would portray
they would portray
Past Conditional
I would have portrayed
you would have portrayed
he/she/it would have portrayed
we would have portrayed
you would have portrayed
they would have portrayed
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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"
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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
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002

portray

verb
1. To present a lifelike image of:
2. To play the part of:
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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
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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
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portray

vtdarstellen; (= paint also)malen
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portray

[pɔːˈtreɪ] vt (painter, writer, novel) → ritrarre; (painting) → raffigurare; (actor) → interpretare
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

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.
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