Definition of role-playing in English:


Syllabification: role-play·ing
Pronunciation: /ˈrōlˌplāiNG/
(also role-play)


1chiefly Psychology The acting out or performance of a particular role, either consciously (as a technique in psychotherapy or training) or unconsciously, in accordance with the perceived expectations of society with regard to a person’s behavior in a particular context.
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  • Marks mentioned a tactic in this regard of role playing - she sometimes ‘becomes the student’ and asks the students to teach her.
  • They do walking exercises, toss a fluffy ball from hand to hand, play corporate musical chairs and indulge in various forms of role play.
  • A number of scenarios can be used, and with a little imagination an interesting, complex and interactive role play can be developed.
2Participation in a role-playing game.
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  • There is general consensus in the literature that role playing stimulates student participation and enlivens discussion because it increases student identification and empathy with the case.
  • Interviewers were trained in a group setting that included role play, mock interviews, and a field test in an Accra neighborhood.
  • Activities such as group work, discussion, role-playing, and hands-on projects are all components of the active learning classroom.



Pronunciation: /ˈrōlˌplā/
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  • When her daughter role-plays with her dolls, she doesn't spend time looking for Barbie's missing red pump.
  • As part of the training, they also practiced and role-played the administration of the interview.
  • Marvolo came back up, ‘You can't even role play it, can you?’


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  • The most active role player in the civil war has often shown his ability as a serious saboteur of events.
  • In order to obtain support of parents and other relevant role players, researchers, educators, and policy makers should take local cultural traditions into account.
  • Each day we selected two communication scenarios, using role players from different ethnic backgrounds.

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