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portray

por·tray

portray

 
 
pronunciation:
por treI
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: portrayed, portraying, portrays
definition 1: to depict visually or verbally; make a portrait of.
The media portrayed the mayor as a hero for his efforts to battle the disaster.The stepmother is often portrayed as an evil character in fairy tales.
synonyms:
depict, figure, limn, picture, render, represent
similar words:
caricature, characterize, delineate, describe, detail, flesh out, illustrate, image, paint, profile
definition 2: to represent in a dramatic presentation.
Young boys portrayed women in Shakespeare's plays.Various actors have portrayed Julius Caesar in films.
synonyms:
enact, play
similar words:
depict, impersonate, perform, personify, re-create, render
derivations: portrayable (adj.), portrayer (n.)
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