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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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