[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.
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.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
v 1: portray in words; "The book portrays the actor as a selfish
2: make a portrait of; "Goya wanted to portray his mistress, the
Duchess of Alba" [syn: portray, depict, limn]
3: assume or act the character of; "She impersonates Madonna";
"The actor portrays an elderly, lonely man" [syn:
4: represent abstractly, for example in a painting, drawing, or
sculpture; "The father is portrayed as a good-looking man in
this painting" [syn: portray, present]
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