[pawr-trey, pohr-]
verb (used with object)
to make a likeness of by drawing, painting, carving, or the like.
to depict in words; describe graphically.
to represent dramatically, as on the stage: He portrayed Napoleon in the play.

1300–50; Middle English portrayen < Middle French portraire < Late Latin prōtrahere to depict, Latin: to draw forth, equivalent to prō- pro-1 + trahere to draw

portrayable, adjective
portrayer, noun
nonportrayable, adjective
preportray, verb (used with object)
unportrayable, adjective
unportrayed, adjective

1, 2. picture, delineate, limn. See depict.
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portray (pɔːˈtreɪ)
1.  to represent in a painting, drawing, sculpture, etc; make a portrait of
2.  to make a verbal picture of; depict in words
3.  to play the part of (a character) in a play or film
[C14: from Old French portraire to depict, from Latin prōtrahere to drag forth, bring to light, from pro-1 + trahere to drag]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, from Anglo-Fr. purtraire, O.Fr. portraire "to draw, to paint, portray" (12c.), lit. "trace, draw forth," from por- "forth" (from L. pro-) + traire "trace, draw," from L. trahere "to drag, draw" (see tract (1)).
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Example sentences
They also said that the way the invention was described in court was different
  from how it was portrayed in the patent.
Amer here, as it is important that these issues be portrayed accurately.
One ad portrayed a well-dressed marksman firing at a target in his living room
  fireplace while a dog lounged at his feet.
The tigers are sometimes portrayed as paragons of free-market policies.
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