role model


Definition of role model 

: a person whose behavior in a particular role is imitated by others

Examples of role model in a Sentence

Athletes should remember that they are role models.

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France, participating in Sunday’s 2018 World Cup final in Moscow against Croatia, is a great soccer role model for the USA. Christopher L. Gasper,, "The Lions in the Super Bowl, a .400 hitter in a season, and other sports dreams I’d like to see become reality," 14 July 2018 In recent decades, Mexico has been led by technocrats and pro-American politicians, while López Obrador's role models are Mexican independence and revolutionary leaders who stood up to more powerful foreign countries. Joshua Partlow, Anchorage Daily News, "Andrés Manuel López Obrador wins Mexican presidential race," 2 July 2018 The far northwest of Argentina is one of the more traditionally patriarchal regions of the country, so there were very few women role models to look up to in the wine industry. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "Meet the Women Changing Argentina’s Wine Industry," 18 June 2018 Oliver Samwer, who along with his brothers founded the investment group Rocket Internet in 2007, thinks the guest speakers at the WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management in Germany, provided him with role models. The Economist, "Can you teach entrepreneurship?," 7 June 2018 In his one season with us, Rasual was the consummate team player and a great role model for our younger players on how a professional should prepare and act, while being a positive influence on everyone associated with him. Dakota Crawford, Indianapolis Star, "Rasual Butler autopsy reveals the former Pacer had drugs, alcohol in system during crash," 1 June 2018 People also took to the comments to share their own experiences with sexism, as well as showing support for Knowlson’s career and thanking her for being a great role model. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "Female pilot calls out sexist passengers in viral tweet," 23 May 2018 Thank you for being the kind of role model young girls need to see. Shanté Honeycutt, Billboard, "All the Stars Who Have Stopped by Taylor Swift's Reputation Tour (So Far)," 23 May 2018 These are women who should be held up as role models for young girls. Kalyn Kahler,, "NFL Cheerleading Can Still Be Saved," 10 May 2018

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1947, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of role model

: someone who another person admires and tries to be like

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Kids Definition of role model

: a person whose behavior in a certain function is imitated by others

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Medical Definition of role model 

: a person whose behavior in a particular role is imitated by others watching our parents and other role models deal with conflict— Melody Beattie

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