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VERB (4)

1. portray in words;
- Example: "The book portrays the actor as a selfish person"

2. make a portrait of;
- Example: "Goya wanted to portray his mistress, the Duchess of Alba"
[syn: portray, depict, limn]

3. assume or act the character of;
- Example: "She impersonates Madonna"
- Example: "The actor portrays an elderly, lonely man"
[syn: impersonate, portray]

4. represent abstractly, for example in a painting, drawing, or sculpture;
- Example: "The father is portrayed as a good-looking man in this painting"
[syn: portray, present]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Portray \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. Protract.] 1. To paint or draw the likeness of; as, to portray a king on horseback. [1913 Webster] Take a tile, and lay it before thee, and portray upon it the city, even Jerusalem. --Ezek. iv. 1. [1913 Webster] 2. Hence, figuratively, to describe in words. [1913 Webster] 3. To adorn with pictures. [R.] [1913 Webster] Spear and helmets thronged, and shields Various with boastful arguments potrayed. --Milton. [1913 Webster]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

74 Moby Thesaurus words for "portray": act a part, act out, bring to life, cartoon, catch a likeness, chalk, character, characterize, charcoal, chart, color, copy, crayon, create a role, crosshatch, dash off, daub, delineate, depict, describe, design, diagram, doodle, draft, draw, duplicate, enact, evoke, express, give words to, hatch, hit off, image, impersonate, interpret, limn, map, notate, outline, paint, paint a picture, pencil, personate, photograph, picture, picturize, play a part, play a role, play opposite, pose as, print, register, render, represent, reproduce, rub, schematize, scratch, scumble, set forth, shade, show, sketch, stencil, support, sustain a part, symbolize, take a part, take a rubbing, tint, trace, trace out, trace over, write