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Definition of Portray


  1. To paint or draw the likeness of; as, to portray a king on horseback.
  2. Hence, figuratively, to describe in words.
  3. To adorn with pictures.

Portray Quotations

'Swan Lake' is the most difficult thing to portray for a female ballet dancer; it really requires such specific qualities of articulation, agility, strength, and the arm work is something that takes a lot of training.
Benjamin Millepied

The wonders of the Grand Canyon cannot be adequately represented in symbols of speech, nor by speech itself. The resources of the graphic art are taxed beyond their powers in attempting to portray its features. Language and illustration combined must fail.
John Wesley Powell

The true face of smoking is disease, death and horror - not the glamour and sophistication the pushers in the tobacco industry try to portray.
David Byrne

Everybody wants to be a Bond villain. That is the coolest. To be able to portray a Bond villain, that is the feather in any actor's cap.
Steve Carell

The only thing I was trying to portray was serenity. Also, innocence, vulnerability and elegance.
Sylvia Kristel
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Portray Translations

portray in Spanish is retratar
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