Illustrate and Portray


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Illustrate verb – To show or make clear by using examples.
Portray is a synonym for illustrate in demonstrate topic. In some cases you can use "Portray" instead a verb "Illustrate", when it comes to topics like explain by example, decorating. popular alternative
Nearby Words: illustration, illustrative, illustrating, illustrator
Synonyms for Illustrate


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Portray verb – To give a representation or account of in words.
Usage example: the author portrays her characters with lifelike vividness

Illustrate is a synonym for portray in represent topic. You can use "Illustrate" instead a verb "Portray", if it concerns topics such as paint, explain by example. popular alternative
Nearby Words: portrayal, portraying
Synonyms for Portray

Common collocations

character illustrate character portray character
power illustrate power portray power
culture illustrate culture portray culture
relationship illustrate relationship portray relationship
Other nouns: aspect, situation, way, characters, side, feelings, events, powers.
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