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"portrait" in British English

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portraitnoun [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 ​painter A ​film or ​book that is a portrait of something ​describes or ​represents that thing in a ​detailed way: Her ​latestnovelpaints a very ​vivid portrait of the ​aristocracy in the 1920s.

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portraitadjective

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

"portrait" in American English

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portraitnoun [C]

 us   /ˈpɔr·trət, ˈpoʊr-/
a ​painting, ​photograph, or ​drawing of a ​person A portrait is also a ​description or ​representation of something: The ​bookpaints a ​grim portrait of ​wartimesuffering.
(Definition of portrait from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"portrait" in Business English

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portraitadjective

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