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Meaning & Definition of Portray in English

English

Portray

/pɔrtre/

verb

1. Portray in words

  • "The book portrays the actor as a selfish person"
    synonym:
  • portray

2. Make a portrait of

  • "Goya wanted to portray his mistress, the duchess of alba"
    synonym:
  • portray
  • ,
  • depict
  • ,
  • limn

3. Assume or act the character of

  • "She impersonates madonna"
  • "The actor portrays an elderly, lonely man"
    synonym:
  • impersonate
  • ,
  • portray

4. Represent abstractly, for example in a painting, drawing, or sculpture

  • "The father is portrayed as a good-looking man in this painting"
    synonym:
  • portray
  • ,
  • present