play the role

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of play the role

: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

play play
  1. : swordplay

  2. : game, sport

  3. : the conduct, course, or action of a game

  1. : to engage in sport or recreation : frolic

  2. : to have sexual relations

  3. : to move aimlessly about : trifle

role play
  1. : a character assigned or assumed

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

  3. : a part played by an actor or singer


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