- 1Depict (someone or something) in a work of art or literature: the author wanted to portray a new type of heroMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1(Of an actor) represent or play the part of (someone) on film or stage: he tossed his affable TV persona aside to portray a merciless mobsterMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.2 [with object] Describe (someone or something) in a particular way: the book portrayed him as a self-serving careeristMore example sentences
- 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.
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- I suppose Olympic swimmer Johnny Weissmuller was the ichiban Tarzan portrayer and Maureen O'Sullivan with prototypical Jane.
- One of filmdom's most popular portrayers of British secret agent ‘007,’ is in Indonesia, but not to film a new James Bond movie.
- Local stations received additional support, as all winners joined the George Washington portrayer in taping a public service announcement which was then sent to local affiliates.
Middle English: from Old French portraire, based on traire 'to draw', from an alteration of Latin trahere.