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portrait

noun [C] uk   /ˈpɔː.trət/ /-treɪt/ us    /ˈpɔːr.trɪt/
B2 a painting, photograph, drawing, etc. of a person or, less commonly, of a group of people: She's commissioned an artist to paint her portrait/paint a portrait of her. a portrait gallery a portrait painterPictures A film or book that is a portrait of something describes or represents that thing in a detailed way: Her latest novel paints a very vivid portrait of the aristocracy in the 1920s.Accounts and storiesSummaries and summarising

portrait

adjective uk   /ˈpɔː.trət/ /-treɪt/ us    /ˈpɔːr.trɪt/
describes a computer document that is to be printed with the shorter side of the paper at the top and bottom Computer concepts
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