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portray

[pawr-trey, pohr-] /pɔrˈtreɪ, poʊr-/
verb (used with object)
1.
to make a likeness of by drawing, painting, carving, or the like.
2.
to depict in words; describe graphically.
3.
to represent dramatically, as on the stage:
He portrayed Napoleon in the play.
Origin
1300-1350
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
Related forms
portrayable, adjective
portrayer, noun
nonportrayable, adjective
preportray, verb (used with object)
unportrayable, adjective
unportrayed, adjective
Synonyms
1, 2. picture, delineate, limn. See depict.
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British Dictionary definitions for portraying

portray

/pɔːˈtreɪ/
verb (transitive)
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
Derived Forms
portrayable, adjective
portrayal, noun
portrayer, noun
Word Origin
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 and History for portraying

portray

v.

mid-13c., "to draw, paint" (something), from Anglo-French purtraire, Old French portraire "to draw, to paint, portray" (12c.), literally "trace, draw forth," from por- "forth" (from Latin pro-; see pro-) + traire "trace, draw," from Latin trahere "to drag, draw" (see tract (n.1)). Meaning "depict in words, describe" is from late 14c. Related: Portrayed; portraying.

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