Translation of portray in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /pɔːrˈtreɪ; pɔːˈtreɪ/

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1.1 (depict) representar this painting portrays the Last Supper este lienzo representa la Última Cena 1.2 (describe, represent) [person/scene] describir* he attempted to portray their appalling living conditions trató de describir las condiciones terribles en que vivían a clichéd gangster as portrayed in the movies un gángster típico, como los de las películas
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    • Rather, Thai children's literature portrays cultural practices and values through both explicit instructions and implicit morals.
    • Interestingly, the Torah is unique among all ancient national literature in that it portrays its people in both victory and defeat.
    • At its worst, the literature portrays the professor as a rusty wheel ignoring the paradigm shift.
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    • The compilation of this report if attempting to portray an unbiased account should have mentioned the Palestinian casualties.
    • An actor who feels he has served his time, he is angered by reports that portray him as an over night success and is not prepared to underestimate his value now.
    • The reports also portray a shocking tale of work almost without break and poor living conditions.
    1.3 (act) [character] interpretar
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    • Three of the four children are portrayed by actors in their first major roles.
    • Winners received a trip to Washington and Mt. Vernon, and got to ask their questions in person to an actor portraying the first president.
    • As is always the case when a film contains an abnormal character, the actor portraying him takes the spotlight.

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