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.

Origin of role-play

First recorded in 1945–50 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023