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Latin dēpictus, from dēpingere, from dēpingō.


  • IPA(key): /dɪˈpɪkt/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪkt


depict (third-person singular simple present depicts, present participle depicting, simple past and past participle depicted)

  1. To render a representation of something, using words, sounds, images, or other means. [from early 15th c.]
    Synonyms: portray, express, exhibit, register, show, describe, visualise, draw, render
    • 1984, Lawrence Starr, "Toward a Reevaluation of Gershwin's Porgy and Bess," American Music, vol. 2, no. 2, p. 27,
      The well-known words depict a woman seeking sanctuary in a love relationship form a brutal, rapacious man.
    • 1987, Niall O'Loughlin, "Music Reviews: 20th-century guitar," The Musical Times, vol. 128, no. 1734, p. 443,
      Here the music depicts the delicate pattern of ice on windows.
    • 1994, E. Pennisi, "Breathe (xenon) deeply to see lungs clearly," Science News, vol. 146, no. 5, p. 70 (caption),
      False-color computer images depict lungs removed from a mouse.

Usage notesEdit

The subjects of the verb include words, music and images.

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depict (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete) Depicted.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Lydgate to this entry?)