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

v give a description of

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
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exposit, expound, set forth

v show in, or as in, a picture

“This scene depicts country life”
picture, render, show
depict with an illustration
depict as if on a map
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interpret, represent
create an image or likeness of

v make a portrait of

limn, portray
Type of:
interpret, represent
create an image or likeness of

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