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role

a part played by an actor; a function: the role of a wife
Not to be confused with:
roll – to turn; to throw as in dice; a small bread
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role

 (rōl)
n.
1. also rôle A character or part played by a performer.
2. The characteristic and expected social behavior of an individual.
3. A function or position. See Synonyms at function.
4. Linguistics The function of a word or construction, as in a sentence.

[French rôle, from Old French rolle, roll of parchment (on which an actor's part was written), from Latin rotula, diminutive of rota, wheel; see roll.]
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role

(rəʊl) or

rôle

n
1. (Theatre) a part or character in a play, film, etc, to be played by an actor or actress
2. (Psychology) psychol the part played by a person in a particular social setting, influenced by his expectation of what is appropriate
3. usual or customary function: what is his role in the organization?.
[C17: from French rôle roll, an actor's script]
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role

or rôle

(roʊl)

n.
1. a part or character played by an actor, singer, or other performer.
2. the proper or customary function of a person or thing.
3. the rights, obligations, and expected behavior patterns associated with a particular social status.
[1600–10; < French rôle roll (as of paper) containing the actor's part]
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role

roll

These words are both pronounced /rəʊl/.

1. 'role'

Your role is your position and what you do in a situation or society.

What is the role of the university in modern society?
He had played a major role in the formation of the United Nations.

A role is also one of the characters that an actor or singer plays in a film, play, opera, or musical.

She played the leading role in The Winter's Tale.
2. 'roll'

A roll is a very small loaf of bread.

The soup is served with a roll and butter.

A roll of something such as cloth or paper is a long piece of it wrapped many times around itself or around a tube.

I bought a roll of wallpaper.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.role - the actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or grouprole - the actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or group; "the function of a teacher"; "the government must do its part"; "play its role"
duty - work that you are obliged to perform for moral or legal reasons; "the duties of the job"
capacity - a specified function; "he was employed in the capacity of director"; "he should be retained in his present capacity at a higher salary"
hat - an informal term for a person's role; "he took off his politician's hat and talked frankly"
portfolio - the role of the head of a government department; "he holds the portfolio for foreign affairs"
lieu, stead, place, position - the post or function properly or customarily occupied or served by another; "can you go in my stead?"; "took his place"; "in lieu of"
second fiddle - a secondary role or function; "he hated to play second fiddle to anyone"
2.role - an actor's portrayal of someone in a play; "she played the part of Desdemona"
personation, portrayal, characterization, enactment - acting the part of a character on stage; dramatically representing the character by speech and action and gesture
bit part, minor role - a small role
heavy - a serious (or tragic) role in a play
hero - the principal character in a play or movie or novel or poem
ingenue - the role of an innocent artless young woman in a play
name part, title role - the role of the character after whom the play is named
heroine - the main good female character in a work of fiction
baddie, villain - the principal bad character in a film or work of fiction
3.role - what something is used forrole - what something is used for; "the function of an auger is to bore holes"; "ballet is beautiful but what use is it?"
usefulness, utility - the quality of being of practical use
raison d'etre - the purpose that justifies a thing's existence
4.role - normal or customary activity of a person in a particular social setting; "what is your role on the team?"
activity - any specific behavior; "they avoided all recreational activity"
gender role - the overt expression of attitudes that indicate to others the degree of your maleness or femaleness; "your gender role is the public expression of your gender identity"
position - (in team sports) the role assigned to an individual player; "what position does he play?"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.

role

noun
1. job, part, position, post, task, duty, function, office, capacity His role in the events has been pivotal.
2. part, character, representation, portrayal, impersonation Shakespearean women's roles
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002

role

also rôle
noun
1. The proper activity of a person or thing:
2. One's proper or expected function in a common effort:
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Translations
دَوْرقائِم بِدَوْر
roleúloha
rollefunktion
rooli
uloga
szerep
hlutverk
役割
역할
loma
rola
vloga
uloga
roll
หน้าที่หรือบทบาท
vai trò

role

[rəʊl]
A. N (Theat, fig) → papel m
to cast sb in the role of (Theat, fig) → dar a algn el papel de
to play a role (Theat) → hacer un papel (fig) → desempeñar un papel (in en) supporting rolepapel m secundario
B. CPD role model Nmodelo m a imitar
role play(ing) Njuego m de roles
role reversal Ninversión f de papeles
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

role

rôle [ˈrəʊl] n
(= position, duty) → rôle m
He played a major role in the United Nations → Il a joué un rôle important aux Nations unies.
(in film, play)rôle m
She played a leading role in his film → Elle a joué l'un des rôles principaux dans son film.role model nmodèle mrole-play role play [ˈrəʊlpleɪ] n (gen)jeu m de rôle (PSYCHOLOGY, PSYCHIATRY)psychodrame mrole playing njeux mpl de rôlerole-playing game n
(gen)jeu m de rôle
(COMPUTING)jeu m de rôlerole reversal ninversion f des rôles
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

role

n (Theat, fig) → Rolle f; in the role of Opheliain der Rolle der Ophelia; role reversal (Psych) → Rollentausch m

role

:
role model
n (Psych) → Rollenbild nt
role-playing
nRollenspiel nt
role swapping
nRollentausch m
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role

[rəʊl] nruolo
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

rôle,

role

(rəul) noun
1. a part played by an actor or actress in a play etc. He is playing the rôle of King Lear.
2. the actions or functions of a person in some activity. He played the rôle of peacemaker in the dispute.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.

role

دَوْر úloha rolle Rolle ρόλος papel rooli rôle uloga ruolo 役割 역할 rol rolle rola função роль roll หน้าที่หรือบทบาท rol vai trò 角色
Multilingual Translator © HarperCollins Publishers 2009

role

n. [theatre] papel;
v.
to play the ___ ofhacer el ___ de.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

role

n papel m; — model modelo de conducta; — playing o play juegos de rol
English-Spanish/Spanish-English Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.