Definition of role playing in English:

role playing

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(also role play)


[mass noun]
  • 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 as regards a person’s behaviour 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.



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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?’

role player

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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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