Portray Por*tray", v. t. [Written also {pourtray}.] [imp. & p. p. {portrayed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Portraying}.] [OE. pourtraien, OF. portraire, pourtraire, F. portraire, fr. L. protrahere, protractum, to draw or drag forth; pro forward, forth + trahere to draw. See {Trace}, v. t., and cf. {Protract}.] 1. To paint or draw the likeness of; as, to portray a king on horseback. [1913 Webster]

Take a tile, and lay it before thee, and portray upon it the city, even Jerusalem. --Ezek. iv. 1. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence, figuratively, to describe in words. [1913 Webster]

3. To adorn with pictures. [R.] [1913 Webster]

Spear and helmets thronged, and shields Various with boastful arguments potrayed. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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