role

A role is a part you play. In school, you might take on the role of clown, in your family, the role of the responsible one, on stage, the role of Juliet.

Role can also mean job or function. It is the role of the police to keep the community safe, and political parties often argue about the role government should play in our lives. Roles can also be played by things. You can say that computers play an increasing role in our day-to-day lives and that the role of a hat is to keep your head warm. You look up to your role model because of the important role that they play in influencing others' lives.

Definitions of role
  1. noun
    the actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or group
    “play its role
    synonyms: function, office, part
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    capacity
    a specified function
    hat
    an informal term for a person's role
    portfolio
    the role of the head of a government department
    lieu, place, position, stead
    the post or function properly or customarily occupied or served by another
    second fiddle
    a secondary role or function
    behalf
    as the agent of or on someone's part (usually expressed as "on behalf of" rather than "in behalf of")
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    duty
    work that you are obliged to perform for moral or legal reasons
  2. noun
    normal or customary activity of a person in a particular social setting
    “what is your role on the team?”
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    gender role
    the overt expression of attitudes that indicate to others the degree of your maleness or femaleness
    position
    (in team sports) the role assigned to an individual player
    goalie, goalkeeper, goaltender, netkeeper
    the defensive position on an ice hockey or soccer or lacrosse team who stands in front of the goal and tries to prevent opposing players from scoring
    mound, pitcher
    the position on a baseball team of the player who throws the ball for a batter to try to hit
    catcher
    the position on a baseball team of the player who is stationed behind home plate and who catches the balls that the pitcher throws
    first, first base
    the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed at first of the bases in the infield (counting counterclockwise from home plate)
    second, second base
    the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed near the second of the bases in the infield
    short, shortstop
    the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed between second and third base
    third, third base
    the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is stationed near the third of the bases in the infield (counting counterclockwise from home plate)
    left field, leftfield
    the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is expected to field balls in the left third of the outfield (looking from home plate)
    center field, centerfield
    the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is expected to field balls in the central third of the outfield
    right field, rightfield
    the fielding position of the player on a baseball team who is expected to field balls in the right third of the outfield (looking from home plate)
    forward
    a position on a basketball, soccer, or hockey team
    center
    a position on a basketball team of the player who participates in the jump that starts the game
    guard
    a position on a basketball team
    back
    (American football) the position of a player on a football team who is stationed behind the line of scrimmage
    lineman
    (American football) the position of a player on a football team who is stationed on the line of scrimmage
    mid-off
    the fielding position in cricket closest to the bowler on the off side
    mid-on
    the fielding position in cricket closest to the bowler on the on side
    center
    the position on a hockey team of the player who participates in the face off at the beginning of the game
    cleanup, cleanup position, cleanup spot
    (baseball) the fourth position in the batting order (usually filled by the best batter on the team)
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    activity
    any specific behavior
  3. noun
    what something is used for
    synonyms: function, purpose, use
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    raison d'etre
    the purpose that justifies a thing's existence
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    usefulness, utility
    the quality of being of practical use
  4. noun
    an actor's portrayal of someone in a play
    synonyms: character, part, persona, theatrical role
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    bit part, minor role
    a small role
    heavy
    a serious (or tragic) role in a play
    hero
    the principal character in a play or movie or novel or poem
    ingenue
    the role of an innocent artless young woman in a play
    name part, title role
    the role of the character after whom the play is named
    heroine
    the main good female character in a work of fiction
    baddie, villain
    the principal bad character in a film or work of fiction
    cameo
    a brief appearance by a well-known actor in a movie or play
    soubrette
    a minor female role as a pert flirtatious lady's maid in a comedy
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    characterisation, characterization, enactment, personation, portrayal
    acting the part of a character on stage; dramatically representing the character by speech and action and gesture
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