AskDefine | Define depict

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1 show in, or as in, a picture; "This scene depicts country life"; "the face of the child is rendered with much tenderness in this painting" [syn: picture, render, show]
2 give a description of; "He drew an elaborate plan of attack" [syn: describe, draw]
3 make a portrait of; "Goya wanted to portray his mistress, the Duchess of Alba" [syn: portray, limn]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. To render a representation of something.
    • 1961, J. A. Philip, "Mimesis in the Sophistês of Plato," Transactions and Proceedings of the American Philological Association, vol. 92, p. 457,
      the painter who depicts by mimesis a bridle “as it is held to be beautiful by the ignorant multitude” (601c-602b).


Related terms


to render a representation of something
  • Chinese: 描述 (miáoshù)
  • Estonian: kujutama
  • Finnish: kuvata
  • French: représenter
  • German: darstellen
  • Hungarian: lerajzol, lefest, leír
  • Portuguese: representar
  • Romanian: a infatisa, a descrie, a picta
  • Spanish: representar

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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, describe, design, diagram, doodle, draft, draw, enact, evoke, express, give words to, hatch, hit off, image, impersonate, interpret, limn, map, narrate, notate, outline, paint, paint a picture, pencil, personate, picture, picturize, play a part, play a role, play opposite, portray, print, recite, recount, register, rehearse, relate, render, report, represent, rub, schematize, scratch, scumble, set forth, shade, sketch, state, stencil, support, sustain a part, symbolize, take a part, take a rubbing, tint, trace, trace out, trace over, write
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