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Definition 1: the actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or group - [noun denoting act]

Samples where role or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the function of a teacher
  • the government must do its part
  • play its role

Synonyms for role in the sense of this definition

(role is a kind of ...) work that you are obliged to perform for moral or legal reasons

"the duties of the job"

(... is a kind of role ) a specified function

"he was employed in the capacity of director" "he should be retained in his present capacity at a higher salary"

(... is a kind of role ) an informal term for a person's role

"he took off his politician's hat and talked frankly"

(... is a kind of role ) the role of the head of a government department

"he holds the portfolio for foreign affairs"

(... is a kind of role ) the post or function properly or customarily occupied or served by another

"can you go in my stead?" "took his place" "in lieu of"

(... is a kind of role ) a secondary role or function

"he hated to play second fiddle to anyone"

Definition 2: normal or customary activity of a person in a particular social setting - [noun denoting act]

Samples where role or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • what is your role on the team?

(role is a kind of ...) any specific behavior

"they avoided all recreational activity"

(... is a kind of 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"

(... is a kind of role ) (in team sports) the role assigned to an individual player

"what position does he play?"

Definition 3: what something is used for - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where role or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the function of an auger is to bore holes
  • ballet is beautiful but what use is it?

Synonyms for role in the sense of this definition

(role is a kind of ...) the quality of being of practical use

(... is a kind of role ) the purpose that justifies a thing's existence

(... are attributes of role) designed for or capable of a particular function or use

"a style of writing in which every word is functional" "functional architecture"

(... are attributes of role) not having or performing a function

Definition 4: an actor's portrayal of someone in a play - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where role or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • she played the part of Desdemona

Synonyms for role in the sense of this definition

(role is a kind of ...) acting the part of a character on stage; dramatically representing the character by speech and action and gesture

(... is a kind of role ) a small role

(... is a kind of role ) a serious (or tragic) role in a play

(... is a kind of role ) the principal character in a play or movie or novel or poem

(... is a kind of role ) the role of an innocent artless young woman in a play

(... is a kind of role ) the role of the character after whom the play is named

(... is a kind of role ) the main good female character in a work of fiction

(... is a kind of role ) the principal bad character in a film or work of fiction

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