portray-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: describe or depict someone or something

The book portrays the actor as a selfish person.
The father is portrayed as a good-looking man in this painting.
Sophocles allegedly said that he portrayed his characters as they ought to be, Euripides as they are.
It accurately portrayed what I have experienced as a Brown oarsman.
I found out that the movie accurately portrayed what actually happened that year.
Does the Flight Simulator accurately portray how to handle a C172?
Next to the angel the painter portrayed a cherub with the palm frond.

VerbNet: characterize-29.2-1-1
FrameNet: Communicate_categorization
PropBank: portray.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 2, 4

Sense Number 2: enact, play the role of

The actor portrays an elderly, lonely man.
The core acting company member will portray the scheming blackmailer Krogstad.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3