- to assume the attitudes, actions, and discourse of (another), especially in a make-believe situation in an effort to understand a differing point of view or social interaction: Management trainees were given a chance to role-play labor negotiators.
- to experiment with or experience (a situation or viewpoint) by playing a role: trainees role-playing management positions.
- to engage in role-playing.
Origin of role-play
First recorded in 1945–50
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Examples from the Web for role-play
Or can you not say that because you cannot role-play as non-adults?The UK’s War on Porn: ‘Proof That Men Making These Rules Do Not See Women as Equals’
December 6, 2014
But in the “Role-Play” episode, he tells her that now they make love, and says, “You have an old idea of who I am.”
The role-play sequence between you and Lena looked like it must have been a lot of fun to shoot.
She loves the role-play of modeling—something she plans to continue.Agyness Deyn in ‘Pusher’: On Stripping, Acting, and How She’s Not Done Modeling
October 24, 2012
- To assume deliberately the part or role of; act out.