play the role

Definition of play the role

  1. :  to act the part of (a particular character) in a film, play, etc. He often plays the role of the villain. —often used figuratively He was playing the role of (the) gracious host.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  swordplay

    :  game, sport

    :  the conduct, course, or action of a game

  1. :  to engage in sport or recreation :  frolic

    :  to have sexual relations

    :  to move aimlessly about :  trifle

  1. :  a character assigned or assumed

    :  a socially expected behavior pattern usually determined by an individual's status in a particular society

    :  a part played by an actor or singer

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holding stubbornly to a belief or view

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