From Middle French portraire.
- (General American) IPA(key): /pɔɹˈtɹeɪ/
Audio (Southern England) (file)
- Rhymes: -eɪ
portray (third-person singular simple present portrays, present participle portraying, simple past and past participle portrayed)
- To paint or draw the likeness of.
- I will portray a king on horseback.
- (figuratively) To represent by an image or look.
- c. 1587–1588, [Christopher Marlowe], Tamburlaine the Great. […] The First Part […], 2nd edition, part 1, London: […] [R. Robinson for] Richard Iones, […], published 1592, →OCLC; reprinted as Tamburlaine the Great (A Scolar Press Facsimile), Menston, Yorkshire; London: Scolar Press, 1973, →ISBN, Act III, scene ii:
- Upon his browes was pourtraid vgly death,
And in his eies the furies of his heart,
That ſhine as Comets, menacing reueng,
And caſts a pale complexion on his cheeks.
- (figuratively) To describe in words; to convey.
- To play a role; to depict a character, person, situation, or event.
- For my next movie, I will be portraying Shakespeare.
- (obsolete) To adorn.
to paint or draw the likeness of
figuratively: to describe in words
to play a role