- 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.
Origin of portray
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Examples from the Web for portrayed
David Prowse, the actor who portrayed Darth Vader, wished to come back but had to turn down the role because of ill health.Juiciest ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Rumors (and Some Debunked Ones)
January 3, 2015
Among the characters to be portrayed were the people I had written about—the unsung heroes of the Selma campaign.Dr. King Goes to Hollywood: The Flawed History of ‘Selma’
January 2, 2015
Same goes for the comic book character “Captain America,” which Marvel announced in July would be now be portrayed as a black man.Rush Limbaugh’s Fear of a Black James Bond
December 29, 2014
Of course there are times when actual CIA practice would have been different from that portrayed in Homeland.CIA Agents Assess: How Real Is ‘Homeland’?
Chuck Cogan, John MacGaffin
December 15, 2014
Urban America is often portrayed as a tale of two kinds of places, those that “have it” and those who do not.The Rustbelt Roars Back From the Dead
Joel Kotkin, Richey Piiparinen
December 7, 2014
I have been told that never was there an Englishman on earth like the one I portrayed in my novel.Tales of Fishes
Her disposition was sweet, and was portrayed in her countenance.The Settlers in Canada
It seemed to me that the whole man was portrayed in these brief remarks.
If I have portrayed the dark side of slavery, I also have painted the bright side.Behind the Scenes
Would that Armstrong could here be portrayed as he appeared in life.The Negro and the Nation
George S. Merriam
- to represent in a painting, drawing, sculpture, etc; make a portrait of
- to make a verbal picture of; depict in words
- to play the part of (a character) in a play or film
Word Origin and History for portrayed
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.