verb (used with object)
Origin of portray
Examples from the Web for portray
Once in power, they often hired gifted artists to portray them in flattering and benevolent poses.
The Kremlin likes to portray these as sinister Western conspiracies.
The results played right into the hands of those who wanted to portray the opposition as unreliable.Digital Doublethink: Playing Truth or Dare with Putin, Assad and ISIS|Christopher Dickey, Anna Nemtsova|November 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The media and academics love to portray these voters as the typical independent when they represent less than half of them.Yes, Independent Swing Voters Are Real. And May Decide Who Wins Elections|Linda Killian|November 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She ended up praying with me and giving me her blessing to portray her Dad.David Oyelowo on Playing Martin Luther King Jr., Ebola Fears, and Race in Hollywood|Marlow Stern|October 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The singer seemed unable to make us visualize the characters he endeavored to portray.Vocal Mastery|Harriette Brower
I cannot portray him unless I make this sadness apparent; it was so strange and weird.
What it does for me, how it affects me, I am now trying to portray.The Story of Mary MacLane|Mary MacLane
I have made free use of the many historical works which portray the character of the great scout.Scouting with Daniel Boone|Everett T. Tomlinson
Royce points to a process of imitation and holds that in the judgment we try to portray by means of the ideas that enter into it.Studies in Logical Theory|John Dewey
British Dictionary definitions for portray
Word Origin for portray
Word Origin and History for portray
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.