from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To depict or represent pictorially; make a picture of.
- transitive v. To depict or describe in words.
- transitive v. To represent dramatically, as on the stage. See Synonyms at represent.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To paint or draw the likeness of.
- v. To describe in words; to convey.
- v. To play a role; to depict a character or person.
- v. To adorn with pictures.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To paint or draw the likeness of.
- transitive v. Hence, figuratively, to describe in words.
- transitive v. To adorn with pictures.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To depict; reproduce the lineaments of; draw or paint to the life.
- To depict or describe vividly in words; describe graphically or vividly.
- To adorn with pictures or portraits.
- Synonyms and To delineate, sketch, represent.
- To paint.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make a portrait of
- v. represent abstractly, for example in a painting, drawing, or sculpture
- v. assume or act the character of
- v. portray in words
Middle English portraien, from Old French portraire : por-, forth (from Latin prō-, forth; see pro-1) + traire, to draw (from Latin trahere, to drag).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle French portraire. (Wiktionary)