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verb [transitive] portray pronunciation in British English /pɔː(r)ˈtreɪ/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleportraying
past tenseportrayed
past participleportrayed
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  1. 1
    to show or describe someone or something in a particular way
    portray someone as something: Opponents portray the president as weak and ineffectual.
    portray someone in a good/bad light (=make them seem good or bad): The newspapers want to portray the project in the worst possible light.
    1. a.
      to show something by featuring it in a film, book, play etc
      The book portrays Caribbean society against a background of the French Revolution.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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