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"portray" in British English

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portrayverb [T]

uk   /pɔːˈtreɪ/  us   /pɔːr-/
C2 to ​represent or ​describe someone or something in a ​painting, ​film, ​book, or other ​artisticwork: The ​painting portrays a ​beautifulyoung woman in a ​bluedress. The ​writer portrays ​life in a ​smallvillage at the ​turn of the ​century.portray sb as sth If a ​person in a ​film, ​book, etc. is portrayed as a ​particulartype of ​character, they are ​represented in that way: The ​father in the ​film is portrayed as a ​fairlyunpleasantcharacter.

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portrayal
noun [C] uk   us   /-əl/
His ​latestmovie is a ​grim portrayal ofwartimesuffering.
(Definition of portray from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"portray" in American English

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portrayverb [T]

 us   /pɔrˈtreɪ, poʊr-/
to ​represent or ​describe someone or something in a ​book, ​movie, etc.: The ​book portrayed him as somebody who was uncaring, ​evenbigoted. The ​writer portrays ​life in a working-class ​community at the ​turn of the ​century. To portray is also to ​act the ​part of someone in a ​movie or ​play: Michael Douglas portrays the ​president of the ​UnitedStates.
portrayal
noun [C]  us   /pɔrˈtreɪ·əl, poʊr-/
A lot of ​peoplefelt the ​film wasn’t ​quite an ​accurate portrayal.
(Definition of portray from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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