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English definition of “portray”

portray

verb [T] uk   /pɔːˈtreɪ/ us    /pɔːr-/
C2 to represent or describe someone or something in a painting, film, book, or other artistic work: The painting portrays a beautiful young woman in a blue dress. The writer portrays life in a small village at the turn of the century. portray sb as sth If a person in a film, book, etc. is portrayed as a particular type of character, they are represented in that way: The father in the film is portrayed as a fairly unpleasant character.
portrayal
noun [C] uk   /-əl/ us  
His latest movie is a grim portrayal of wartime suffering.
(Definition of portray from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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