Definition of depict in English:



[with object]
  • 1Represent by a drawing, painting, or other art form.

    ‘paintings depicting Old Testament scenes’
    ‘these equations may be depicted on a graph’
    • ‘Paintings of Timothy Thilakumar depict his deep attachment for flowers and woods.’
    • ‘The painting depicts various containers and bottles on an old varnished counter.’
    • ‘His mould paintings depicted a range of subjects including a ballerina, the house he lived in and a guardsman.’
    • ‘The food is traditional hearty Saxon fair, and there are paintings on the wall depicting scenes from the play.’
    • ‘This painting depicted a group of city guardsmen awaiting the command to fall in line.’
    • ‘The painting depicts the last journey of the Temeraire, a famous warship sold by the Royal Navy in 1838.’
    • ‘All Arthur had was the rights to the novel and a portfolio of paintings depicting possible scenes.’
    • ‘She was in and out of hospital for the rest of her life and her paintings often depict her suffering.’
    • ‘Urquhart pointed out the painting Henry was receiving depicts a father and son hunting high in the mountains.’
    • ‘The viewer is first confronted with a painting depicting a large telephone.’
    • ‘Bung Karno was drawn to paintings depicting heroism because he was always engaged in struggle.’
    • ‘The earliest known painting to depict a Shakespearean scene is being bought by the National Trust, it was announced today.’
    • ‘Her paintings include a painting that depicts a group of women in tears.’
    • ‘The four-metre wide painting depicts a typical Lowry scene of Victorian life in a northern cotton town.’
    • ‘Her paintings depict the rugged beauty of Inishmurray and the medium she uses is watercolour.’
    • ‘The paintings depict scenes from Hindu mythology and the colours would never fade.’
    • ‘A touching painting was the one depicting motherhood made in canvas by K. Kumaran.’
    • ‘The installations featured short films and paintings depicting the band members by Shepard Fairey.’
    • ‘The city art museum, the Herbert Gallery, is nearby, and houses several paintings depicting the Godiva story.’
    • ‘The exhibition showed a number of paintings, depicting a wide spectrum of society.’
    portray, represent, picture, illustrate, delineate, outline, reproduce, render
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    1. 1.1 Portray in words; describe.
      ‘youth is depicted as a time of vitality and good health’
      • ‘They have been depicted as failing as human beings, as moral beings, in these respects.’
      • ‘Perhaps it is for this reason that hill running is sometimes depicted as an obscure offshoot of mainstream athletics.’
      • ‘The miser is at times depicted as an unhappy man bringing misery not only to himself but also to others.’
      • ‘Today such sentiments tend to be treated with scepticism, if not depicted as elitist.’
      • ‘Chimpanzees have been depicted as killer apes whereas they are really more than that.’
      • ‘Canadians are no longer depicted as being any one cultural background, race or heritage.’
      • ‘Describe how the film depicts the mental process or expression, and why the film is so effective in doing so.’
      • ‘He belonged to the noble or warrior caste and is depicted as wealthy and indulgent towards his son.’
      • ‘He's depicted as a lonely man who doesn't even take the time to enjoy the money he makes.’
      • ‘Her relationship with William was depicted as a love affair, involving many partings and returns from war.’
      • ‘The words depict Rose as an art model from the Bronx transported to Greenwich Village.’
      • ‘The tribute does not applaud or pay homage to the people who are depicted as maids, but to their servitude.’
      • ‘Yet, the incident was depicted as another example of a farmer abusing his worker.’
      • ‘Words fail to depict the pain and suffering of that memory.’
      • ‘As in a disaster movie, the lives are depicted as parallel narratives, hinged on the impending disaster.’
      • ‘Since the eighteenth century, the depressed person had been depicted as attention-seeking.’
      • ‘Domestic and international politics were depicted as opposite sides of the same coin.’
      • ‘Yet he implored that the Indian Empire should not be depicted as an exclusive commercial concern.’
      • ‘Factory workers are depicted as work-shy and devious, company directors as unscrupulous.’
      • ‘Eltham is sometimes depicted as a deprived area with few recreation venues and nothing to offer children.’
      describe, detail, relate, narrate, recount, unfold
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Late Middle English: from Latin depict- ‘portrayed’, from the verb depingere, from de- ‘completely’ + pingere ‘to paint’.