1. To cover with colouring matter; to apply paint to; as, to paint a house, a signboard, etc. "Jezebel painted her face and tired her head." (2 Kings ix. 30)

2. To colour, stain, or tinge; to adorn or beautify with colours; to diversify with colours. "Not painted with the crimson spots of blood." (Shak) "Cuckoo buds of yellow hue Do paint the meadows with delight." (Shak)

3. To form in colours a figure or likeness of on a flat surface, as upon canvas; to represent by means of colours or hues; to exhibit in a tinted image; to portray with paints; as, to paint a portrait or a landscape.

4. To represent or exhibit to the mind; to describe vividly; to delineate; to image; to depict. "Disloyal? The word is too good to paint out her wickedness." (Shak) "If folly grow romantic, I must paint it." (Pope)

Synonyms: To colour, picture, depict, portray, delineate, sketch, draw, describe.

Origin: OE. Peinten, fr. F. Peint, p. P. O peindre to paint, fr. L. Pingere, pictum; cf. Gr. Many-coloured, Skr. Pic to adorn. Cf. Depict, Picture, Pigment, Pint.

(01 Mar 1998)

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