function, office, part, role(noun)
the actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or group
"the function of a teacher"; "the government must do its part"; "play its role"
character, role, theatrical role, part, persona(noun)
an actor's portrayal of someone in a play
"she played the part of Desdemona"
function, purpose, role, use(noun)
what something is used for
"the function of an auger is to bore holes"; "ballet is beautiful but what use is it?"
normal or customary activity of a person in a particular social setting
"what is your role on the team?"
A character or part played by a performer or actor.
The expected behaviour of an individual in a society.
The role of women has changed significantly in the last century.
The function or position of something.
Local volunteers played an important role in cleaning the beach after the oil spill.
: The function of a word in a phrase.
Origin: From rôle.
a part, or character, performed by an actor in a drama; hence, a part of function taken or assumed by any one; as, he has now taken the role of philanthropist
Origin: [F. See Roll.]
A role or social role is a set of connected behaviours, rights, obligations, beliefs, and norms as conceptualised by actors in a social situation. It is an expected or free or continuously changing behaviour and may have a given individual social status or social position. It is vital to both functionalist and interactionist understandings of society. Social role posits the following about social behaviour: ⁕The division of labour in society takes the form of the interaction among heterogeneous specialised positions, we call roles. ⁕Social roles included appropriate and permitted forms of behaviour, guided by social norms, which are commonly known and hence determine the expectations for appropriate behaviour in these roles. ⁕Roles are occupied by individuals, who are called actors. ⁕When individuals approve of a social role, they will incur costs to conform to role norms, and will also incur costs to punish those who violate role norms. ⁕Changed conditions can render a social role outdated or illegitimate, in which case social pressures are likely to lead to role change.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
rōl, n. the part performed by an actor in a play: any important part played in public life. [Fr.]
rōl, n. an ancient unit of quantity, seventy-two sheets of parchment.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
The expected and characteristic pattern of behavior exhibited by an individual as a member of a particular social group.
What does ROLE stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the ROLE acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.
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Rank popularity for the word 'role' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #496
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Rank popularity for the word 'role' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1118
Rank popularity for the word 'role' in Nouns Frequency: #169
lore, Orel, orle, relo
The numerical value of role in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of role in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
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- دور, وظيفةArabic
- Funktion, Aufgabe, RolleGerman
- rol, papelSpanish
- tugas, peranan, peranIndonesian
- 役, 役割, 役柄Japanese
- papel, funçãoPortuguese
- должность, рольRussian
- улога, ulogaSerbo-Croatian
- rol, işlev, görevTurkish
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