Definition of role in English:


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Pronunciation: /rəʊl
(also rôle)


  • 1An actor’s part in a play, film, etc.: Dietrich’s role as a wife in war-torn Paris
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    • The film also uses actors not known for quality feature film acting or stage roles.
    • Most of the major roles were cast with actors I already knew and with whom I had acted earlier in my career.
    • Last she got to play varied kind of roles in films like Kastoorimaan where she had an author-backed role.
    part, character; title role; bit part, walk-on part, non-speaking part
  • 1.1The function assumed or part played by a person or thing in a particular situation: the equipment will play a vital role in the fight against cancer
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    • She stopped everything to care for her mother and assumed the caregiver role in the domestic sphere.
    • What part of ourselves was lost when we assumed our respective roles?
    • During the first part of Hals's career the militia companies continued to play a vital role in the defence of each city.
    capacity, position, job, post, office, task, duty, responsibility, mantle, place, situation; function, part, contribution, hand


early 17th century: from obsolete French roule 'roll', referring originally to the roll of paper on which the actor's part was written.

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