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PORTRAY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does portray mean? 

PORTRAY (verb)
  The verb PORTRAY has 4 senses:

1. portray in words
2. make a portrait of
3. assume or act the character of
4. represent in a painting, drawing, sculpture, or verbally

  Familiarity information: PORTRAY used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


PORTRAY (verb)


Sense 1portray [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Portray in words

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

The book portrays the actor as a selfish person

Hypernyms (to "portray" is one way to...):

represent (serve as a means of expressing something)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


Sense 2portray [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make a portrait of

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Synonyms:

limn; portray; depict

Context example:

Goya wanted to portray his mistress, the Duchess of Alba

Hypernyms (to "portray" is one way to...):

interpret; represent (create an image or likeness of)

Domain category:

art; artistic creation; artistic production (the creation of beautiful or significant things)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 3portray [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Assume or act the character of

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Synonyms:

impersonate; portray

Context examples:

She impersonates Madonna / The actor portrays an elderly, lonely man

Hypernyms (to "portray" is one way to...):

act; play; represent (play a role or part)

Domain category:

performing arts (arts or skills that require public performance)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 4portray [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Represent in a painting, drawing, sculpture, or verbally

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Synonyms:

portray; present

Context example:

The father is portrayed as a good-looking man in this painting

Hypernyms (to "portray" is one way to...):

interpret; represent (create an image or likeness of)

Domain category:

art; artistic creation; artistic production (the creation of beautiful or significant things)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "portray"):

commend (present as worthy of regard, kindness, or confidence)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


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