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[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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  • Briefly describe and depict graphically the equipment, communications, and networks used by the system.
  • The illustrations depict artifacts, ceremonies, paintings and people.
  • Meanwhile, we depict aliens doing really weird stuff.
  • The average writer must depict the sadder, more saucy side of life many times or he would have no story.
  • The men's tattoos often depict the traditional Samoan canoe.
  • These board books depict city life.
  • The closing scene depicts a human family in a loving embrace.
  • We add charts that depict clearly and succinctly where you fit along the spectrum.
  • The watercolor paintings depict life in California from the 1930s to 1970s.
  • He wanted to depict parents as strong role models.
British Dictionary definitions for depict

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 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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