A role is a part you play. In school, you might take on the role of clown, in your family, the role of the responsible one, on stage, the role of Juliet.


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"

normal or customary activity of a person in a particular social setting; "what is your role on the team?"

what something is used for; "the function of an auger is to bore holes"; "ballet is beautiful but what use is it?"

an actor''s portrayal of someone in a play; "she played the part of Desdemona"

A part, or character, performed by an actor in a drama; hence, a part of function taken or assumed by any one; as, he has now taken the role of philanthropist.


Usage Examples

Any role that big is going to be a challenge for any actor, but for an actor of a young age, it's going to be even tougher.

And when an architect has designed a house with large windows, which is a necessity today in order to pull the daylight into these very deep houses, then curtains come to play a big role in architecture.

All the best performers bring to their role something more, something different than what the author put on paper. That's what makes theatre live. That's why it persists.

A suburban mother's role is to deliver children obstetrically once, and by car forever after.

A leader who confines his role to his people's experience dooms himself to stagnation a leader who outstrips his people's experience runs the risk of not being understood.

A commitment to human rights cannot be fostered simply through the transmission of knowledge. Action and experience play a crucial role in the learning process.

A corporation's primary goal is to make money. Government's primary role is to take a big chunk of that money and give it to others.

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Other Usage Examples

As Americans, we don't see the role of government as guaranteeing outcomes, but allowing free men and women to flourish based on their own vision, their hard work and their personal responsibility.

And I don't think that government has a role in telling people how to live their lives. Maybe a minister does, maybe your belief in God does, maybe there's another set of moral codes, but I don't think government has a role.

A woman must combine the role of mother, wife and politician.

And to this day, my Mom is my role model.

America has a critical role to play as the most powerful member of the world community.

'I Am Number Four' is an action-packed adventure entwined with a romantic story. I play the role of John Smith. John wants to be a normal kid, but he is from a different planet and he has been given this destiny of becoming a warrior.

After 25-plus years as a lawyer, prosecutor, and defense attorney, I have developed a deep appreciation for both the wisdom of the law and the role that jurists play in framing the rights and responsibilities that define our society.


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