When you depict something, you draw a picture of it, describe it, or show what it looks like. So grab a crayon, a paint brush, or even an Etch-A-Sketch and start depicting.

From the Latin depictus, meaning “to portray, paint, sketch, describe,” depict is a way to communicate what you see. To explain to an alien what a banana is, you can either depict it with drawings, describe it in words, or both. But be careful. Writes author Joyce Maynard, "The painter who feels obligated to depict his subjects as uniformly beautiful or handsome and without flaws will fall short of making art."

Definitions of depict
  1. verb
    give a description of
    synonyms: describe, draw
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    describe or present, usually with respect to a particular quality
    describe in vivid detail
    adumbrate, outline, sketch
    describe roughly or briefly or give the main points or summary of
    symbolise, symbolize
    represent or identify by using a symbol; use symbols
    actualise, actualize
    represent or describe realistically
    block out
    indicate roughly
    type of:
    exposit, expound, set forth
  2. verb
    show in, or as in, a picture
    “This scene depicts country life”
    synonyms: picture, render, show
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    depict with an illustration
    depict as if on a map
    type of:
    interpret, represent
    create an image or likeness of
  3. verb
    make a portrait of
    synonyms: limn, portray
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    type of:
    interpret, represent
    create an image or likeness of
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