English noun: role
|1.||role (act) the actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or group|
|Samples||The function of a teacher.|
The government must do its part.
Play its role.
|Synonyms||function, office, part|
|Narrower (hyponym)||capacity, hat, lieu, place, portfolio, position, second fiddle, stead|
|2.||role (cognition) an actor's portrayal of someone in a play|
|Samples||She played the part of Desdemona.|
|Synonyms||character, 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|
|Samples||The function of an auger is to bore holes.|
Ballet is beautiful but what use is it?.
|Synonyms||function, purpose, use|
|Broader (hypernym)||usefulness, utility|
|Narrower (hyponym)||raison d'etre|
|4.||role (act) normal or customary activity of a person in a particular social setting|
|Samples||What is your role on the team?.|
|Narrower (hyponym)||gender role, position|