portray

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Middle French portraire.

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portray (third-person singular simple present portrays, present participle portraying, simple past and past participle portrayed)

  1. To paint or draw the likeness of.
    I will portray a king on horseback.
  2. (figuratively) To describe in words; to convey.
  3. To play a role; to depict a character or person.
    For my next movie, I will be portraying Shakespeare
  4. To adorn with pictures.

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