Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To represent in a picture or sculpture.
  • transitive v. To represent in words; describe. See Synonyms at represent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To render a representation of something, using words, sounds, images, or other means.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Depicted.
  • transitive v. To form a colored likeness of; to represent by a picture; to paint; to portray.
  • transitive v. To represent in words; to describe vividly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To portray; paint; form a likeness of in colors: as, to depict a lion on a shield.
  • To portray in words; describe: as, to depict the horrors of war.
  • Synonyms To delineate, sketch, set forth.
  • In mathematics, to represent; map.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. give a description of
  • v. make a portrait of
  • v. show in, or as in, a picture

Etymologies

Middle English depicten, from Latin dēpingere, dēpict- : dē-, de- + pingere, to picture; see peig- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The world I'm trying to depict is strange, unfamiliar, beautiful, exciting - but above all, it's real.

    Michelle Paver - An interview with author

  • No, what they depict is what was described and the children's interpretation that it was the Holy Father.

    "'The 13th Day' is the best film ever made about Fatima..."

  • What these Twenty Poems of Love and One Ode of Desperation depict is the meeting between two people's desolation in the shadow of destruction, and in the next major work, Residence on Earth, he is still "alone among shifting matter".

    Nobel Prize in Literature 1971 - Presentation Speech

  • To this system of procuring, under great risks and at almost any cost, faithful representations of the scenes we propose to depict, is due the greater part of the favour by which the Illustrated London News is received by the public.

    London, Saturday, February 13, 1864

  • Kanjo said Thursday some of the coins depict Alexander on one side and the Greek god Zeus on the other.

    The Herald | HeraldOnline.com - Front

  • Roymans disclosed that both the gold and silver coins depict triple spirals on the obverse, a common Celtic symbol.

    Treasure Trove in The Netherlands!

  • The gold and silver coins depict the king protea, South Africa's national flower.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • The "Mandleve" coin depicts the tag-eared elephant's head and the other coins depict the head of their respective animals on their common obverse.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • I went to the door, but would go no farther; but in the ten minutes I stood there, I heard him in graphic and forcible terms depict the misery of the drunkard and the awful consequences of his conduct, both as they affected himself and those connected with him.

    Stories of Achievement, Volume III (of 6) Orators and Reformers

  • In the most significant change to U.S. cigarette packs in 25 years, the FDA's the new warning labels depict in graphic detail the negative health effects of tobacco use.

    USATODAY.com News

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