protray vs portray : Common Errors in English

About protray vs portray

There are a lot of words in English that begin in “pro-.” This is not one of them. When you make a portrait, you portray someone.

portray Meaning(s)

  • (v) portray in words
  • (v) make a portrait of
  • (v) assume or act the character of
  • (v) represent abstractly, for example in a painting, drawing, or sculpture

portray in News

  1. Darrell Issa's Surprising Compromise to Fix the Post Office

    Postal worker unions and their mostly Democratic allies in Congress sometimes portray Darrell Issa as a malevolent figure bent on destroying the U.S. Postal Service.
    on June 15, 2013 Source: BusinessWeek

  2. Edward Snowden: Whistle-blowing protections most likely won't help

    While Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor, and others portray him as a heroic whistle-blower, his decision to make top secret documents public severely limits his legal protections, analysts say.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: The Christian Science Monitor

  3. In ‘Aliyah,’ a Trip From France to Israel Is Dangerous

    Cédric Kahn, left, and Pio Marmaï portray brothers in Paris. The anxiety that infuses the elliptical family drama “Aliyah” is underscored by Schoenberg’s feverish, brooding “Verklärte Nacht.”
    on June 14, 2013 Source: New York Times

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