Definition of role playing in English:

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role playing

Pronunciation: /ˈrōl ˌplāiNG/


1The acting out of the part of a particular person or character, for example as a technique in training or psychotherapy.
Example sentences
  • Marks mentioned a tactic in this regard of role playing — she sometimes 'becomes the student' and asks the students to teach her.
  • Mock telephone calls and mock reservations were made possible via role playing and a code for a test hotel, respectively.
  • It focuses on moving away from lecture-style teaching and into more western methods such as role playing and problem solving.
1.1 Psychology The unconscious acting out of a particular role in accordance with the perceived expectations of society.
Example sentences
  • While such role playing may indicate a hidden identification with the role, I do not mean to read the artist psychoanalytically, but rather to explore the effect of her works.
  • Both films are based on the juxtaposition of farce and melodrama and the comedy that arises from role-playing and role-switching.
  • The performance is about role-playing in everyday life.
2Participation in a role-playing game.
Example sentences
  • The director is apparently a long time role-playing fan.
  • I've played fantasy role-playing games at home with old friends and online with new ones, and it's perhaps my favorite genre for games.
  • The kids in this, who take their RPG into real life, are not geeks, but intelligent kids who enjoy role-playing.

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Syllabification: role-play·ing

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