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[ rohl ]
/ roʊl /
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noun
a part or character played by an actor or actress.
proper or customary function: the role of religion in society.
the function assumed by a person or thing in a given action or process: Schools offer few practical tools to help students explore their role in shaping the future.
Sociology. the rights, obligations, and expected behavior patterns associated with a particular social status: When studying child development, it was critical to study the father's role.
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Origin of role

First recorded in 1600–10; from French rôle “roll (of paper containing the actor's part)”;see roll

OTHER WORDS FROM role

mul·ti·role, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH role

role , roll
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British Dictionary definitions for role

role

rle

/ (rəʊl) /

noun
a part or character in a play, film, etc, to be played by an actor or actress
psychol the part played by a person in a particular social setting, influenced by his expectation of what is appropriate
usual or customary functionwhat is his role in the organization?

Word Origin for role

C17: from French rôle roll, an actor's script
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Medical definitions for role

role

n.
The characteristic and expected social behavior of an individual.
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