1. portray in words

- The book portrays the actor as a selfish person

Definition categories: communication, represent

2. make a portrait of

- Goya wanted to portray his mistress, the Duchess of Alba

Similar word(s): depict, limn

Definition categories: creation, interpret, represent

3. assume or act the character of

- The actor portrays an elderly, lonely man

Similar word(s): impersonate

Definition categories: creation, act, play, represent

4. represent abstractly, for example in a painting, drawing, or sculpture

- The father is portrayed as a good-looking man in this painting

Similar word(s): present

Definition categories: creation, interpret, represent

Sentences with portray as a verb:

- I will portray a king on horseback.

- For my next movie, I will be portraying Shakespeare