portray

When you paint a picture of someone, either in words or in paint, you portray them. Actors portray characters too.

Whether you're talking about acting or another art form, the idea is the same: representing a person and bringing to light their most important qualities. To portray a person is to show who that person is, giving a sense of their personality or character. Often, famous people don't like how they're portrayed. For example, Presidents usually hate how they're portrayed in editorial cartoons. When you portray someone, you can be positive or negative, accurate or inaccurate. It's up to you.

DEFINITIONS OF: portray

1

v represent abstractly, for example in a painting, drawing, or sculpture

“The father is portrayed as a good-looking man in this painting”
Synonyms:
present
Types:
commend
present as worthy of regard, kindness, or confidence
Type of:
interpret, represent
create an image or likeness of

v make a portrait of

“Goya wanted to portray his mistress, the Duchess of Alba”
Synonyms:
depict, limn
Type of:
interpret, represent
create an image or likeness of

v portray in words

“The book portrays the actor as a selfish person”
Type of:
represent
serve as a means of expressing something

v assume or act the character of

“The actor portrays an elderly, lonely man”
Synonyms:
impersonate
Type of:
act, play, represent
play a role or part
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