Meaning of “depict” in the English Dictionary

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"depict" in British English

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depictverb [ T ]

uk /dɪˈpɪkt/ us /dɪˈpɪkt/

C2 to represent or show something in a picture or story:

Her paintings depict the lives of ordinary people in the last century.
In the book, he depicts his father as a tyrant.
[ + -ing verb ] People were shocked by the advertisement which depicted a woman beating her husband.

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  • In the film, he is able to depict the sense of otherness and alienation that many teenagers feel.
  • The rock drawings depict a variety of stylized human, bird and mythological figures and patterns.
  • Cupid is usually depicted as a winged boy with a bow and arrow.
  • John Bull is traditionally depicted as a short fat man wearing a waistcoat with the British flag on it.
  • In the film she's depicted as a very cold and calculating character.

(Definition of “depict” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"depict" in American English

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depictverb [ T ]

us /dɪˈpɪkt/

to represent or show something in a picture, story, movie, etc.; portray:

The movie depicts his father as a tyrant.
depiction
noun [ C/U ] us /dɪˈpɪk·ʃən/

[ C ] It’s a wonderful depiction of a female friendship.

(Definition of “depict” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)