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depict

[dih-pikt] /dɪˈpɪkt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to represent by or as if by painting; portray; delineate.
2.
to represent or characterize in words; describe.
Origin
1625-1635
1625-35; < Latin dēpictus (past participle of dēpingere), equivalent to dē- de- + pic- past participle stem of pingere to paint + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
depicter, depictor, noun
depiction, noun
depictive, adjective
undepicted, adjective
well-depicted, adjective
Synonyms
1. reproduce, draw, paint, limn. 1, 2. Depict, portray, sketch imply a representation of an object or scene by colors or lines, or by words. Depict emphasizes vividness of detail: to depict the confusion of departure. Portray emphasizes faithful representation: We could not portray the anguish of the exiles. Sketch suggests the drawing of the outlines of the most prominent features or details, often in a preparatory way: to sketch the plans for a community development.
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  • Point out the artwork used on the map that depicts sea creatures.
  • The dress depicts not only horses and their tracks but also the rectangular drums used at the giveaway ceremony.
  • German researchers have developed a microscope that depicts cells in never-before-seen detail.
  • In your job letter, adopt a tone that depicts you as a competent and engaging teacher.
  • The picture depicts where cocaine come from more than anything else.
  • The interior of the case depicts a fortune-teller's calendar.
  • It depicts a flawed character who seems all the more brave and humane for his ambition and insecurity, virtue and fraud.
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British Dictionary definitions for depicts

depict

/dɪˈpɪkt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to represent by or as by drawing, sculpture, painting, etc; delineate; portray
2.
to represent in words; describe
Derived Forms
depicter, depictor, noun
depiction, noun
depictive, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin dēpingere, from pingere to paint
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Word Origin and History for depicts

depict

v.

early 15c., from Latin depictus, past participle of depingere "to portray, paint, sketch; describe, imagine," from de- "down" (see de-) + pingere "to paint" (see paint (v.)). Related: Depicted; depicting.

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