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Meaning of PORTRAY

Pronunciation:  powr'trey

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  portray in words; "The book portrays the actor as a selfish person"
  2. [v]  make a portrait of; "Goya wanted to portray his mistress, the Duchess of Alba"
  3. [v]  represent in a painting, drawing, sculpture, or verbally; "The father is portrayed as a good-looking man in this painting"
  4. [v]  assume or act the character of; "She impersonates Madonna"; "The actor portrays an elderly, lonely man"

PORTRAY is a 7 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: depict, impersonate, limn, present
 See Also: act, commend, interpret, play, represent, represent



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Por*tray"\, v. t. [Written also {pourtray}.] [imp. & p.
p. {portrayed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Portraying}.] [OE.
pourtraien, OF. portraire, pourtraire, F. portraire, fr. L.
protrahere, protractum, to draw or drag forth; pro forward,
forth + trahere to draw. See {Trace}, v. t., and cf.
1. To paint or draw the likeness of; as, to portray a king on

         Take a tile, and lay it before thee, and portray
         upon it the city, even Jerusalem.     --Ezek. iv. 1.

2. Hence, figuratively, to describe in words.

3. To adorn with pictures. [R.]

         Spear and helmets thronged, and shields Various with
         boastful arguments potrayed.          --Milton.

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