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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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In every gallery in Europe there are hideous pictures of blood, carnage, oozing brains, putrefaction--pictures portraying intolerable suffering--pictures alive with every conceivable horror, wrought out in dreadful detail--and similar pictures are being put on the canvas every day and publicly exhibited--without a growl from anybody--for they are innocent, they are inoffensive, being works of art.
I am portraying this hardy companion as I really knew him.
He could have enjoyed portraying to uninitiated listeners various scenes at which he had been a witness or ably discussing the pro- cesses of war with other proved men.
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.
He paints them precisely, with a clean line surrounding their contours, portraying their beauty and love of life.
Hussey, known in part for her roles as Juliet in Franco Zeffirelli's ``Romeo and Juliet'' and the Virgin Mary in the television miniseries ``Jesus of Nazareth,'' said she had dreamed for 25 years of portraying Mother Teresa on film and felt it was a miracle when she was offered the role.
TOO BAD THE OSCARS DON'T have a category for "Best Location Portraying Multiple Roles.
According to Murphy, one of the hallmarks of "realism" (as developed by early 20th century American dramatists) was portraying a serious social problem that was left unresolved at the play's end (xii).