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 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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(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 actor represents 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)