|Origin:||portraire, from Latin protrahere 'to draw out, show'|
to describe or show someone or something in a particular way, according to your opinion of them [= depict]:
Romantic artists portrayed nature as wild and powerful.
The President likes to portray himself as a friend of working people.
to describe or represent something or someone [= depict]:
His most famous painting portrayed the death of Nelson.
Religion was portrayed in a negative way.
to act the part of a character in a play, film, or television programme [= play]:
She portrays a dancer in the hit film.