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 for portray
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
     1. To paint or draw the likeness of; as, to portray a king on
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              Take a tile, and lay it before thee, and portray
              upon it the city, even Jerusalem.     --Ezek. iv. 1.
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     2. Hence, figuratively, to describe in words.
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     3. To adorn with pictures. [R.]
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              Spear and helmets thronged, and shields
              Various with boastful arguments potrayed. --Milton.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: portray in words; "The book portrays the actor as a selfish
      2: make a portrait of; "Goya wanted to portray his mistress, the
         Duchess of Alba" [syn: portray, depict, limn]
      3: assume or act the character of; "She impersonates Madonna";
         "The actor portrays an elderly, lonely man" [syn:
         impersonate, portray]
      4: represent abstractly, for example in a painting, drawing, or
         sculpture; "The father is portrayed as a good-looking man in
         this painting" [syn: portray, present]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  74 Moby Thesaurus words for "portray":
     act a part, act out, bring to life, cartoon, catch a likeness,
     chalk, character, characterize, charcoal, chart, color, copy,
     crayon, create a role, crosshatch, dash off, daub, delineate,
     depict, describe, design, diagram, doodle, draft, draw, duplicate,
     enact, evoke, express, give words to, hatch, hit off, image,
     impersonate, interpret, limn, map, notate, outline, paint,
     paint a picture, pencil, personate, photograph, picture, picturize,
     play a part, play a role, play opposite, pose as, print, register,
     render, represent, reproduce, rub, schematize, scratch, scumble,
     set forth, shade, show, sketch, stencil, support, sustain a part,
     symbolize, take a part, take a rubbing, tint, trace, trace out,
     trace over, write

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