• IPA: /dɪˈpɪkt/

depict (depicts, present participle depicting; past and past participle depicted)

  1. To render a representation of something, using words, sounds, images, or other means. [from early 15th c.]
    Synonyms: portray, express, exhibit, register, show, describe, visualise, draw, render, depicture
    • 1639, Thomas Fuller, The Historie of the Holy Warre, Cambridge, Book 4, Chapter 12, p. 189,
      And by [these Embassadours] he sent to their master a Tent, wherein the history of the Bible was as richly as curiously depicted in needle-work;
    • 1770, Thomas Chatterton, The Auction, a Poem: A Familiar Epistle to a Friend, London: George Kearsly, p. ,
      The Spring, when all its beauties rise,
      I see depicted in your eyes
    • 1851, George Borrow, Lavengro, Chapter 52,
      […] I observed alarm beginning to depict itself upon her countenance.
    • 1984, Lawrence Starr, "Toward a Reevaluation of Gershwin's Porgy and Bess," American Music, vol. 2, no. 2, p. 27,
      The well-known words depict a woman seeking sanctuary in a love relationship form a brutal, rapacious man.
    • 1987, Niall O'Loughlin, "Music Reviews: 20th-century guitar," The Musical Times, vol. 128, no. 1734, p. 443,
      Here the music depicts the delicate pattern of ice on windows.
    • 1994, E. Pennisi, "Breathe (xenon) deeply to see lungs clearly," Science News, vol. 146, no. 5, p. 70 (caption),
      False-color computer images depict lungs removed from a mouse.
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depict (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete) Depicted.
    • Early 1400s, John Lydgate, “The Concords of Company” in James Halliwell-Phillipps (ed.), A Selection from the Minor Poems of Dan John Lydgate, London: The Percy Society, 1840, p. 177,
      I fond a lyknesse depict upon a wal,
      Armed in vertues, as I walk up and doun,
      The hed of thre ful solempne and roial,
      Intellectus, memorye, and resoun;

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