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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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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.
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In the production that I saw in Chicago, the actor portraying George Washington, was African American.
Pacino is playing the titular role, portraying coach Paterno, whose shining reputation as one of football's best coaches is tarnished by the Penn State child sexual abuse scandal involving assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, which Paterno is believed to have known about yet kept quiet.
Chris Hemsworth will be trying something new after portraying a dramatic role in the film "Rush" and the muscular hammer-wielding god Thor in the action superhero films "Thor" and "Avengers." This time, the 31-year-old Aussie actor wants to take on a comedic role in the "National Lampoon's Vacation" reboot film.
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).
The artists who exhibited their work included Mellisa Brandt, who exhibited the artwork portraying a 'swallowed tear drop,' Christine Smit, whose drawing portrayed a 'Spanish dance,' Maryke Burger's painting showcased 'the old shed', Michelle //Inixas, who exhibited for the second year, presented her artwork portraying 'desert thirst' and Victor von Gierszewski portrayed the 'Fish River Canyon.'
London, July 3 (ANI): The Flight Attendants Association of Australia (FAAA) has called on airlines around the world to stop portraying them as sex objects in raunchy advertising campaigns.