Portray and Tell


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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

Tell and portray are semantically related In some cases you can use "Tell" instead a verb "Portray".
Nearby Words: portrayal, portraying
Synonyms for Portray


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Tell verb – To give an oral or written account of in some detail.
Portray and tell are semantically related in relate topic. Sometimes you can use "Portray" instead a verb "Tell", if it concerns topics such as narrate.
Nearby Words: telling, teller
Synonyms for Tell

Common collocations

person portray person tell person
girl portray girl tell girl
character portray character tell character
man portray man tell man
Other nouns: people, wife, someone, time, way, characters, world, side, version, anyone, everyone, feelings.

Both words in one sentence

  • The Power of Cheese Sometimes, you can tell that they're basically spoofing the concept, by having the commercial portray such behavior being as extreme as it really is.
  • That's why many of the examples here are works that, while it is still impossible to tell whether they portray both sexes as completely equal, are just more balanced than Level 4 or 6.
  • He has saved her life more than once and you can tell that the show is trying to portray them as Star-Crossed Lovers, even though we don't get to see that much.
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Portray & Tell. N.p., 2016. Web. 26 Oct. 2020. <https://thesaurus.plus/related/portray/tell>.
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