Definition of depict in English:


Syllabification: de·pict
Pronunciation: /diˈpikt


[with object]
  • 1Show or represent by a drawing, painting, or other art form.
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    • The four-metre wide painting depicts a typical Lowry scene of Victorian life in a northern cotton town.
    • The food is traditional hearty Saxon fair, and there are paintings on the wall depicting scenes from the play.
    • All Arthur had was the rights to the novel and a portfolio of paintings depicting possible scenes.
    portray, represent, picture, illustrate, delineate, reproduce, render; draw, paint
    literary limn
  • 1.1Portray in words; describe: youth is depicted as a time of vitality and good health
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    • As in a disaster movie, the lives are depicted as parallel narratives, hinged on the impending disaster.
    • Eltham is sometimes depicted as a deprived area with few recreation venues and nothing to offer children.
    • Perhaps it is for this reason that hill running is sometimes depicted as an obscure offshoot of mainstream athletics.
    describe, detail, relate; present, set forth, set out, outline, delineate; represent, portray, characterize



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  • Rather than a depicter of heritage, Gorky is considered one of the founders of ‘Abstract Surrealism,’ and was tagged by André Breton as one of the most important painters in American history.
  • Tsai's preternatural simplicity wondrously collapses the spaces between viewer and viewed, depicter and depicted.


late Middle English: from Latin depict- 'portrayed', from the verb depingere, from de- 'completely' + pingere 'to paint'.

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