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English definition of “portray”

portray

verb [T]     /pɔːˈtreɪ/ US  /pɔːr-/
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.Representation in art and in general 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.Representation in art and in general portrayal     /-əl/ noun [C] His latest movie is a grim portrayal of wartime suffering.Representation in art and in generalActing, rehearsing and performing
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