Meaning of “portray” - Learner’s Dictionary


verb [ T ] uk us /pɔːˈtreɪ/

If a book or film portrays someone or something, it describes or shows them:

Both novels portray the lives of professional athletes.
In the movie he's portrayed as a hero.

to act the part of a character in a film or play

portrayal noun [ C, U ]

the way someone or something is portrayed:

He won several awards for his portrayal of the dictator.

(Definition of “portray” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)