por·tray /porˈtre, pɔr, pɚ/
Por·tray v. t. [Written also pourtray.] [imp. & p. p. portrayed p. pr. & vb. n. Portraying.]
1. To paint or draw the likeness of; as, to portray a king on horseback.
Take a tile, and lay it before thee, and portray upon it the city, even Jerusalem. --Ezek. iv. 1.
2. Hence, figuratively, to describe in words.
3. To adorn with pictures. [R.]
Spear and helmets thronged, and shields
Various with boastful arguments potrayed. --Milton.
v 1: portray in words; "The book portrays the actor as a selfish
2: make a portrait of; "Goya wanted to portray his mistress,
the Duchess of Alba" [syn: depict, limn]
3: assume or act the character of; "She impersonates Madonna";
"The actor portrays an elderly, lonely man" [syn: impersonate]
4: represent in a painting, drawing, sculpture, or verbally;
"The father is portrayed as a good-looking man in this
painting" [syn: present]