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Role appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • A tadpole vedette’s sacred role to map a motel: order cassette, develop data.
  • Demi, a nut felt some lorry trammels Omani shahs in a Moslem martyr role most left unaimed.
  • Was a noted actor at a role gnawed, limp, mad as a damp mildew angel or a tarot cadet on a saw?
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Usage statistics for the noun role:

spoken English24.5%written English75.5% imaginative writing10.71%informational writing89.29%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun role:


The word role and its family (roles) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun role

What does role mean as a name of something?

Role is one of the top 1000 most common nouns. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 1000 most common nouns in informational written English.

noun - plural: roles

  1. the actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or group
    • example: play its role
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of role: function / office / part
    • more generic word: duty = work that you are obliged to perform for moral or legal reasons
    • more specific terms:
      • capacity = a specified function
      • hat = an informal term for a person's role
      • portfolio = the role of the head of a government department
      • position / place / stead / lieu = the post or function properly or customarily occupied or served by another
      • second fiddle = a secondary role or function
  2. an actor's portrayal of someone in a play
  3. what something is used for
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonyms of role: function / purpose / use
    • more generic words: usefulness / utility = the quality of being of practical use
    • more specific term: raison d'etre = the purpose that justifies a thing's existence
    • attributes:
      • functional = designed for or capable of a particular function or use
      • nonfunctional = not having or performing a function
  4. normal or customary activity of a person in a particular social setting
    • example: what is your role on the team?
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic word: activity = any specific behavior
    • more specific terms:
      • gender role = the overt expression of attitudes that indicate to others the degree of your maleness or femaleness
      • position = the role assigned to an individual player

Alternative definition of the noun role


  1. A character or part played by a performer or actor.
  2. The expected behaviour of an individual in a society.
  3. The function or position of something.
  4. [context: grammar]: The function of a word in a phrase.

Specialised definition of the noun role

Glossary of management / IT service management / service support

a set of responsibilities, activities and authorizations


  1. "Role" a.k.a. "Rooli" is a 2014 short comedy film written and directed by Jenni Kangasniemi and Elli Toivoniemi.
  2. "Role" is a short film, directed by Denise Oleksijczuk, role.
    • released in (7 years ago)


  1. Role this person took in creating this ad.
  2. Role: Gives the role, occupation, or business category of the person or organization.
  3. Role: Musical artist's performance role in contributing to the recording.
  4. The role taken by the person in this audio recording.
  5. The role in which this entity is party to this case (e.g.

Phrases with Role

Phrases starting with the word Role:

  1. Role-play
  2. role model
  3. role player
  4. Role-Played
  5. Role-playing
  6. Role conflict

Phrases ending with the word Role:

  1. minor role
  2. title role
  3. gender role
  4. Sexual Role
  5. patient role
  6. affected role
  7. agentive role
  8. locative role
  9. semantic role
  10. temporal role
  11. recipient role
  12. resultant role
  13. theatrical role
  14. benefactive role

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Role

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Google previewHealing the Shame that Binds You (2010)

by John Bradshaw

The role is a false self. In dysfunctional family systems the roles are necessitated by the needs of the family system in its attempt to balance itself in the wake of the primary stressor. The primary distress may be Dad's alcoholism, Mom's pill ...

Google previewEconomics as a Political Muse (2013)

Philosophical Reflections on the Relevance of Economics for Ecological Policy by M.K. Deblonde

The second role is that of the Entrepreneur for Efficiency. Experiences of the twentieth century – a series of wars, mass murders, threats of nuclear destruction, and so on — challenged the progressive vision fundamentally. On the one hand, ...

Google previewThe Global Public Relations Handbook (2003)

Theory, Research, and Practice by Krishnamurthy Sriramesh, Dejan Verčič

The fifth role is that of the traveller, which is less chauvinistic and rather internationally oriented. The sixth role is the merchant, the seventh is that of the citizen, and the eighth the farmer's wife who denotes a no-nonsense, no-esthetics , ...

Google previewIf It Hurts, It Isn't Love (2000)

And 365 Other Principles to Heal and Transform Your Relationships by Charles Spezzano

UNDER EVERY ROLE IS A TEMPTATION TO DIE ROLES COVER OVER A lot of pain. A role is a hard outer shell, a piece of character we began to take on in a situation where we felt like we wanted to die. We felt so valueless, like such a total ...

Google previewDeep Healing and Transformation (2017)

by Hans TenDam

The Victim role is the most common we come across with clients. Therapists easily assume the Helper or Rescuer role.

Google previewKnowledge Science, Engineering and Management (2006)

First International Conference, KSEM 2006, Guilin, China, August 5-8, 2006, Proceedings by Jérôme Lang, Fangzhen Lin, Ju Wang

They say a role is an integral part of the object and at the same time other objects need to see the object in a certain...

Google previewQueer Tracks: Subversive Strategies in Rock and Pop Music (2016)

by Doris Leibetseder

A role is a performance, a portrayal of a person that is independent of the actor playing it. The concept of gender roles is more radical than it seems at first, as to play a role means that there is no connection between the gender and one's own ...

Google previewThe Role of the FCO in UK Government (2011)

Report, Together with Formal Minutes, Oral and Written Evidence by Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Foreign Affairs Committee

Its core role is the timely provision of world-class foreign policy information, analysis, judgement and execution.

Google previewAviation Weather Services: (1995)

A Call For Federal Leadership and Action by National Aviation Weather Services Committee, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems, National Research Council

Reaffirming and reinforcing the FAA's leadership role is the essential first step to implementing widespread improvements in aviation weather services and related research. This report contains a variety of recommendations for increasing ...

Google previewThe MPS Language Workbench (2014)

Volume I by Fabien Campagne

Role The role is the name associated with the attribute. In the SModel language, you can access an annotation ...

Google previewManagement Essentials for Christian Ministries (2005)

by Michael Anthony, James R. Estep

Administrative Roles A role refers to the actual function within the institution, the part played in the performance of ministry.

Google previewSoftware tools (1977)

a building block approach by I. Trotter Hardy, Belkis Leong-Hong, Dennis W. Fife

Design Description Conceptually, one might view the joining of the editor and syntax checker as the uniting of two algorithms to access a common data structure: the editing algorithm, whose primary role is the interpretation of a user's ...

Google previewInterpersonal Communication (2013)

Building Connections Together by Teri Kwal Gamble, Michael W. Gamble

A role is a set of prescribed behaviors.

Google previewSelecting, Preparing, and Developing the School District Superintendent (1993)

by David S. G. Carter, Thomas E. Glass, Shirley M. Hord

The current role is that of administrator who must deal with the complex problems of the organization, at the same time...

Google previewThe Role of Dictionary Use in the Comprehension of Idiom Variants (2006)

by Renata Szczepaniak

All things considered, the role of context in helping learners to understand novel uses of idioms is severely ...

Google previewEncyclopaedic Dictionary of Organization Behaviour (2000)

by Rahul Arora

Role Conflict / 387 and personal and organizational characteristics are determined to be robust, it will be useful to investigate factors that moderate and mediate these relationships to further specify the boundary conditions under which these ...

Google previewThe SAGE Encyclopedia of Theory in Counseling and Psychotherapy (2015)

by Edward S. Neukrug

Drama therapists acknowledge this awareness of the body as a separate entity as “actor” and “role” or as “actor” and “observer.” ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Indian Women Through the Ages: Period of freedom struggle (2003)

by Simmi Jain

Role. in. Freedom. Movement. "The women of India should have as much share in winning Swaraj as men. Probably in this peaceful struggle woman can outdistance man by many a mile. We know that a woman is any day superior to man in ...

Google previewThe Acquisition of the Lexicon (1994)

by Lila R. Gleitman, Barbara Landau

role. of. syntax-semantics. mappings. in. the. acquisition. of. nominals*. Paul. Bloom. Department of Psychology, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721. USA Many scholars have posited constraints on how children construe the meanings of ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia of Dalits in India: Reservation (2002)

by Sanjay Paswan, Pramanshi Jaideva

Role. of. Scheduled. Caste. Elites. The contemporary social and political situation of the Scheduled Castes presents a paradox. This paradox has several faces and is reflected in many fields and levels of individual and communal existence.

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Eastern Orthodox Christianity, 2 Volume Set (2010)

by John Anthony McGuckin

From the 11th century, deacons were even members of the Endemousa Synod, wielding considerable influence within the ecumenical patriarchate, which to this day preserves a central administrative and pastoral role for its deacons. The late ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Middle East Wars: The United States in the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, and Iraq Conflicts [5 volumes] (2010)

The United States in the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, and Iraq Conflicts by Spencer C. Tucker

Abd al-Salam Armenia, Role in Afghanistan and Iraq Wars Armored Warfare, Persian Gulf and Iraq Wars Arms Sales, International Arnett, Peter arrowhead ripper, Operation Arthur, Stanley Article 22, League of Nations Covenant Article 51, ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Of Agricultural Marketing (2005)

by Jagdish Prasad (ed. By)

ROLE. OF. WTO. IN. AGRICULTURAL. DEVELOPMENT: A. Critical. Enquiry. Sant Kumar and Chandra Sen In India, agriculture sector accounts for about 30 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and employ about two-thirds of the ...

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Quotes about Role

It was a fun film. I had a great time doing it. I was looking for a role just like that for my first movie role. I didn't want to have a starring role, because I wanted a chance to learn. I didn't want the whole thing riding on me. (Luke Perry)
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Scrabble value of R1O1L1E1

The value of this 4-letter word is 4 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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