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noun [countable] role pronunciation in British English /rəʊl/
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singularrole
pluralroles
  1. 1
    the purpose or influence of someone or something in a particular situation
    It’s not my role to tell the politicians what to do.
    role in: We expect parents to have a key role in this discussion.
    play a role: Trade unions have played a significant role in the recent debate.
    role of: The book examines the role of food and drink in society.
    role as: The banks developed a new role as providers of financial services.
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  2. 2
    the character played by a particular actor in a film, play etc
    He won an Oscar for his role.
    take/play the role of someone: Who took the role of Ursula?
    leading/starring role (=the most important role): The leading role should have gone to a more well-known star.
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