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English definition of “role”

role

noun [C] (DUTY)    /rəʊl/ US  /roʊl/
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.Position and status in groups and organizationsDuty, obligation and responsibility
(Definition of role noun (DUTY) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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