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role

noun [C] uk   /rəʊl/ us    /roʊl/

role noun [C] (DUTY)

B2 the position or purpose that someone or something has in a situation, organization, society, or relationship: What is his role in this project? Schools play an important role in society. Six people have been put on trial for their role (= involvement) in the anti-government demonstrations.
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role noun [C] (ACTING)

B1 an actor's part in a film or play: She's got a leading/supporting role in the school play. She plays the role of a crooked lawyer.
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Translations of “role”
in Korean (극이나 영화의) 배역, 역할…
in Arabic دَوْر…
in Portuguese papel…
in Catalan paper…
in Japanese (芝居や映画の)役, (果たすべき)役割, 役目…
in Italian ruolo, parte…
in Chinese (Traditional) 職責, 地位, 作用…
in Russian роль…
in Turkish görev, rol, yer…
in Chinese (Simplified) 职责, 地位, 作用…
in Polish rola…
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