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Meaning of “role” in the English Dictionary

"role" in British English

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rolenoun [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 insociety. 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 ​schoolplay. She plays the role of a ​crookedlawyer.

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(Definition of role from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"role" in American English

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rolenoun [C]

 us   /roʊl/
  • role noun [C] (DUTY)

the duty or use that someone or something usually has or is ​expected to have: Bouchard ​hopes to ​play a ​pivotal/​major/​key role in Quebec’s ​future.
  • role noun [C] (REPRESENTATION)

the ​person whom an ​actorrepresents in a ​movie or ​play: Astin ​plays the role of Radford, the store’s ​owner.
(Definition of role from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “role”
in Arabic دَوْر…
in Korean (극이나 영화의) 배역, 역할…
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 Chinese (Simplified) 职责, 地位, 作用…
in Turkish görev, rol, yer…
in Russian роль…
in Chinese (Traditional) 職責, 地位, 作用…
in Italian ruolo, parte…
in Polish rola…
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