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ROLE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does role mean? 

ROLE (noun)
  The noun ROLE has 4 senses:

1. the actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or group
2. an actor's portrayal of someone in a play
3. what something is used for
4. normal or customary activity of a person in a particular social setting

  Familiarity information: ROLE used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


ROLE (noun)


Sense 1role [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or group

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

role; function; office; part

Context examples:

the function of a teacher / the government must do its part / play its role

Hypernyms ("role" is a kind of...):

duty (work that you are obliged to perform for moral or legal reasons)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "role"):

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)


Sense 2role [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An actor's portrayal of someone in a play

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

persona; theatrical role; role; character; part

Context example:

she played the part of Desdemona

Hypernyms ("role" is a kind of...):

characterization; enactment; personation; portrayal (acting the part of a character on stage; dramatically representing the character by speech and action and gesture)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "role"):

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 principle bad character in a film or work of fiction)


Sense 3role [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

What something is used for

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

function; purpose; use; role

Context examples:

the function of an auger is to bore holes / ballet is beautiful but what use is it?

Hypernyms ("role" is a kind of...):

usefulness; utility (the quality of being of practical use)

Attribute:

functional (designed for or capable of a particular function or use)

nonfunctional (not having or performing a function)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "role"):

raison d'etre (the purpose that justifies a thing's existence)


Sense 4role [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Normal or customary activity of a person in a particular social setting

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

what is your role on the team?

Hypernyms ("role" is a kind of...):

activity (any specific behavior)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "role"):

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)


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