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Describe vs. Portray — What's the Difference?

Describe vs. Portray — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Describe and Portray

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Describe

To give an account of in speech or writing
Describe a sea voyage.
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Portray

To depict or represent pictorially; make a picture of
The painter portrays a typical country scene.
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Describe

To convey an idea or impression of; characterize
She described her childhood as a time of wonder and discovery.
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Portray

To describe or represent in words
The author portrays the world of the fantastically wealthy.
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Describe

To represent pictorially; depict
Goya's etchings describe the horrors of war in grotesque detail.
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Portray

To describe or depict in a certain way
The book portrays her as hardworking and driven.
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Describe

To trace the form or outline of
Describe a circle with a compass.
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Portray

To represent dramatically, as on the stage
The actor portrays an obsessed lover in the film.
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Describe

(transitive) To represent in words.
The feeling is difficult to describe, but not unpleasant.
The geographer describes countries and cities.
Several witnesses describe seeing lights in the sky that night.
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Portray

To paint or draw the likeness of.
I will portray a king on horseback.
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Describe

(transitive) To represent by drawing; to draw a plan of; to delineate; to trace or mark out.
To describe a circle by the compasses;
A torch waved about the head in such a way as to describe a circle
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Portray

(figuratively) To represent by an image or look.
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Describe

To give rise to a geometrical structure.
The function describes a very complex surface.
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Portray

(figuratively) To describe in words; to convey.
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Describe

To introduce a new taxon to science by explaining its characteristics and particularly how it differs from other taxa.
The fungus was first described by a botanist.
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Portray

To play a role; to depict a character, person, situation, or event.
For my next movie, I will be portraying Shakespeare.
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Describe

(obsolete) To distribute into parts, groups, or classes; to mark off; to class.
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Portray

(obsolete) To adorn.
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Describe

To represent by drawing; to draw a plan of; to delineate; to trace or mark out; as, to describe a circle by the compasses; a torch waved about the head in such a way as to describe a circle.
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Portray

To paint or draw the likeness of; as, to portray a king on horseback.
Take a tile, and lay it before thee, and portray upon it the city, even Jerusalem.
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Describe

To represent by words written or spoken; to give an account of; to make known to others by words or signs; as, the geographer describes countries and cities.
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Portray

Hence, figuratively, to describe in words.
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Describe

To distribute into parts, groups, or classes; to mark off; to class.
Passed through the land, and described it by cities into seven parts in a book.
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Portray

To adorn with pictures.
Spear and helmets thronged, and shieldsVarious with boastful arguments potrayed.
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Describe

To use the faculty of describing; to give a description; as, Milton describes with uncommon force and beauty.
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Portray

Portray in words;
The book portrays the actor as a selfish person
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Describe

Give a description of;
He drew an elaborate plan of attack
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Portray

Make a portrait of;
Goya wanted to portray his mistress, the Duchess of Alba
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Describe

To give an account or representation of in words;
Discreet Italian police described it in a manner typically continental
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Portray

Assume or act the character of;
She impersonates Madonna
The actor portrays an elderly, lonely man
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Describe

Identify as in botany or biology, for example
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Portray

Represent in a painting, drawing, sculpture, or verbally;
The father is portrayed as a good-looking man in this painting
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Describe

Make a mark or lines on a surface;
Draw a line
Trace the outline of a figure in the sand
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