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Definition of depict verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    depict

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//dɪˈpɪkt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈpɪkt//
     
    (rather formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they depict
    BrE BrE//dɪˈpɪkt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈpɪkt//
     
    he / she / it depicts
    BrE BrE//dɪˈpɪkts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈpɪkts//
     
    past simple depicted
    BrE BrE//dɪˈpɪktɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈpɪktɪd//
     
    past participle depicted
    BrE BrE//dɪˈpɪktɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈpɪktɪd//
     
    -ing form depicting
    BrE BrE//dɪˈpɪktɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈpɪktɪŋ//
     
    Describing art
     
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  1. 1to show an image of somebody/something in a picture depict somebody/something (as somebody/something) a painting depicting the Virgin and Child depict somebody/something doing something The artist had depicted her lying on a bed. See related entries: Describing art
  2. 2to describe something in words, or give an impression of something in words or with a picture depict somebody/something The novel depicts French society in the 1930s. depict somebody/something as somebody/something The advertisements depict smoking as glamorous and attractive.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin depict- ‘portrayed’, from the verb depingere, from de- ‘completely’ + pingere ‘to paint’.Extra examples The book vividly depicts French society of the 1930s. The carving clearly depicts a dragon inside a circle. paintings depicting scenes from mythology The panels depict scenes from the life of St Ursula.
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