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Topic: THEATRE

Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: portraire, from Latin protrahere 'to draw out, show'

portray

verb
     
por‧tray [transitive]
1

portray somebody/something as something

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.
2 to describe or represent something or someone [= depict]:
His most famous painting portrayed the death of Nelson.
Religion was portrayed in a negative way.
3APT to act the part of a character in a play, film, or television programme [= play]:
She portrays a dancer in the hit film.
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