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portraitnoun [C]

uk   /ˈpɔː.trət/ /ˈpɔː.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 painter
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.

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portraitadjective

uk   /ˈpɔː.trət/ /ˈpɔː.treɪt/  us   /ˈpɔːr.trɪt/
(Definition of portrait from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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portraitnoun [C]

 us   /ˈpɔr·trət, ˈpoʊr-/
A portrait is also a description or representation of something: The book paints a grim portrait of wartime suffering.
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"portrait" in Business English

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portraitadjective

uk   us   /ˈpɔːtreɪt/ IT
used to describe a computer document that is to be printed with the shorter side of the paper at the top and bottom: The design was intended to be distributed in printed form, so the pages are laid out for printing in A4 portrait format.
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