or role·play

[ rohl-pley ]

verb (used with object)

  1. 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.

  2. to experiment with or experience (a situation or viewpoint) by playing a role in a make-believe scenario:

    My therapist and I role-played ending a relationship—an important life skill.

verb (used without object)

  1. to engage in role-playing.


  1. the act or technique of role-playing, or an instance of this:

    We often use role-play to help new immigrants learn English.

    In my nursing class we had to prepare a role-play about a dementia patient and her caregiver.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of role-play1

First recorded in 1945–50

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Example Sentences

Or can you not say that because you cannot role-play as non-adults?

The awkward, PSA-worthy interaction comes across as a consent role-play, rather than a believable, exciting first kiss.

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.





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