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. verb
    represent abstractly, for example in a painting, drawing, or sculpture
    “The father is portrayed as a good-looking man in this painting”
    synonyms: present
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    types:
    commend
    present as worthy of regard, kindness, or confidence
    type of:
    interpret, represent
    create an image or likeness of
  2. verb
    make a portrait of
    synonyms: depict, limn
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    type of:
    interpret, represent
    create an image or likeness of
  3. verb
    portray in words
    “The book portrays the actor as a selfish person”
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    type of:
    represent
    serve as a means of expressing something
  4. verb
    assume or act the character of
    “The actor portrays an elderly, lonely man”
    synonyms: impersonate
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    type of:
    act, play, represent
    play a role or part
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