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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.

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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