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.

Recent Examples on the Web

Connecticut Hartford: Retired U.S. District Judge Ellen Bree Burns, the first woman to serve on the federal bench in Connecticut and widely admired as a pioneer and role model, has died at 95. USA TODAY, "Painting over history, saving cats’ claws, angry birds: News from around our 50 states," 5 June 2019 Having diverse perspectives and role models that match a company’s customer base is becoming increasingly important, Ms. Jordan said last month. Sara Castellanos, WSJ, "Atlassian CIO Makes Diversity a Priority," 8 May 2019 For someone special: Anyone who has served as a role model figure in your life can enjoy a little extra appreciation on Mother’s Day. Mackenzie Dunn, Woman's Day, "Here's What Mom Wants to See In Her Mother's Day Card," 16 Apr. 2019 To close out his response, Greenblatt pointed out his disappointment in Badu as a role model and urged her to issue an apology for his statements. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, "Anti-Defamation League CEO Calls out Erykah Badu for 'Irresponsible & Misguided Comments' About Hitler," 24 Jan. 2018 Apple’s iPad is, of course, the role model for how this is done. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Google keeps failing to understand tablets," 29 Nov. 2018 Many hope the 37 -year-old will become a role model for combining motherhood with political leadership., "After Giving Birth, New Zealand Leader Craves Mac-n-cheese," 22 June 2018 Not only did Adams Morgan’s AMO become the role model for the District’s advisory neighborhood commissions, Nahikian says the activists’ battles there helped create legislation including the Tenant Opportunity to Purchase Act (TOPA). Allison Keyes, Smithsonian, "A New Show About Neighborhoods Facing Gentrification Offers a Cautionary Tale," 9 May 2018 Brian Ralph, Queens' former vice president of enrollment management, believes Sherrill wanted to be a role model for his son. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "He hit bottom on Charlotte's streets. His long rebound is about to come full circle. | Charlotte Observer," 3 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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