verb (used with object)
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.
verb (used without object)
to engage in role-playing.
Origin of role-play
First recorded in 1945–50
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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
To assume deliberately the part or role of; act out.
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