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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.]

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]

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]

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.
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?"

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

role

also rôle
noun
1. The proper activity of a person or thing:
2. One's proper or expected function in a common effort:
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

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

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

role

[rəʊl] nruolo

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.

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

role

n. [theatre] papel;
v.
to play the ___ ofhacer el ___ de.

role

n papel m; — model modelo de conducta; — playing o play juegos de rol
References in classic literature ?
It was this automatic assumption of a role that was considered imperative.
Incidentally, I may state that in my dual role I managed a few important things for the Revolution.
It was necessary for us to practise until our assumed roles became real; until to be our original selves would require a watchful and strong exercise of will.
said Denisov, who at the Rostovs' had jocularly assumed the role of Natasha's knight.
She leaned towards her neighbour on the other side and Major Thomson was able to resume the role of attentive observer, a role which seemed somehow his by destiny.
In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger; I do not shrink from this responsibility.
I saw myself, too, from the dramatic standpoint, and I was pleased with my role of the trusted friend bringing back the errant husband to his forgiving wife.
The gypsy, who had advanced to the threshold of her cell, beheld with surprise their roles abruptly changed.
It was neither warrior, nor lover, nor god; in none of these roles do the English excel.
Role internalization describes the process by which the person actively identifies with the existing expectations and requirements of a role, and at the same time shapes the content of the role according to his or her personal interpretations, meanings, and preferences (Fein, 1990; Kielhofner, 2008).
Tom Cruise in Jedi robes could be a good cameo role for the star.
However, the authorization model brings new problems, [6] such as, the user needs multiple local roles when he is executing a task, then the CAS server has to generate corresponding CAS proxy certificates for every local role, which increases the burden of CAS servers.