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English noun: role

1. role (act) the actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or group


SamplesThe function of a teacher.
The government must do its part.
Play its role.


Synonymsfunction, office, part


Broader (hypernym)duty


Narrower (hyponym)capacity, hat, lieu, place, portfolio, position, second fiddle, stead

2. role (cognition) an actor's portrayal of someone in a play


SamplesShe played the part of Desdemona.


Synonymscharacter, part, persona, theatrical role


Broader (hypernym)characterization, enactment, personation, portrayal


Narrower (hyponym)baddie, bit part, heavy, hero, heroine, ingenue, minor role, name part, title role, villain

3. role (attribute) what something is used for


SamplesThe function of an auger is to bore holes.
Ballet is beautiful but what use is it?.


Synonymsfunction, purpose, use


Broader (hypernym)usefulness, utility


Narrower (hyponym)raison d'etre


Attributefunctional, nonfunctional

4. role (act) normal or customary activity of a person in a particular social setting


SamplesWhat is your role on the team?.


Broader (hypernym)activity


Narrower (hyponym)gender role, position









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