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portrayverb [T]

uk   /pɔːˈtreɪ/  us   /pɔːrˈtreɪ/
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.

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portrayal
noun [C] uk   /pɔːˈtreɪ.əl/  us   /pɔːrˈtreɪ.əl/
His latest movie is a grim portrayal of wartime suffering.
(Definition of portray from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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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, even bigoted. 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 United States.
portrayal
noun [C]  us   /pɔrˈtreɪ·əl, poʊr-/
A lot of people felt the film wasn’t quite an accurate portrayal.
(Definition of portray from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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