verb (used with object)
- portrait lens,
- portrait of a lady, the,
- portrait of the artist as a young man,
Origin of portray
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)|Rich Goldstein|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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’|Gary May|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Of course there are times when actual CIA practice would have been different from that portrayed in Homeland.
Urban America is often portrayed as a tale of two kinds of places, those that “have it” and those who do not.
Most people know Temple Grandin because Claire Danes portrayed her in a 2010 HBO movie.The Most Inspiring Bits of Temple Grandin’s Reddit AMA|Emily Shire|November 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Even the oddities that he portrayed were usually done by some passing bit of mimicry of the individual in question.The Daltons, Volume I (of II)|Charles James Lever
Priests are portrayed in adoration of the crux ansata before phallic monuments.The Sex Worship and Symbolism of Primitive Races|Sanger Brown, II
Are there grades in our large American cities where conditions similar to those just portrayed may be found?The New Education|Scott Nearing
In so far as the heroes directly affect the course of action, they are portrayed as purely human.Elements of Folk Psychology|Wilhelm Wundt
Vices were portrayed in order to illustrate their punishment.The Story of Chartres|Cecil Headlam
Word Origin 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.