Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun role

4 senses of role

Sense 1
function, office, part, role -- (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")
       => duty -- (work that you are obliged to perform for moral or legal reasons; "the duties of the job")

Sense 2
character, role, theatrical role, part, persona -- (an actor's portrayal of someone in a play; "she played the part of Desdemona")
       => portrayal, characterization, enactment, personation -- (acting the part of a character on stage; dramatically representing the character by speech and action and gesture)

Sense 3
function, purpose, role, use -- (what something is used for; "the function of an auger is to bore holes"; "ballet is beautiful but what use is it?")
       => utility, usefulness -- (the quality of being of practical use)

Sense 4
role -- (normal or customary activity of a person in a particular social setting; "what is your role on the team?")
       => activity -- (any specific behavior; "they avoided all recreational activity")

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