- 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
Synonyms for portray
Examples from the Web for portrayer
Historical Examples of portrayer
But it is not only as a portrayer of public wrongs that we are indebted to our friend.
Audubon's genius as a portrayer of birds was in time recognized by America's foremost artists.
Mr. Seton is a field naturalist of experience, and a portrayer of animal life of unique distinction.
However the novelist may be judged, the portrayer of men and manners demands that his words should be believed.The Jews of Barnow
Karl Emil Franzos
You do not wish to be known only as the portrayer of unnatural passions, the interpreter of diseased desires.Berenice
E. Phillips Oppenheim
- 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 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.