tr.v. de·pict·ed, de·pict·ing, de·picts
1. To represent in a picture or sculpture: Each page's border has designs that depict forest animals.
2. To represent in words; describe: stories that depict life on the frontier.
[Middle English depicten, from Latin dēpingere, dēpict- : dē-, de- + pingere, to picture; see peig- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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