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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This gives them a chance to interact with some role models and get to learn that even the big kids get nervous before races. Scott Souza,, "Cross-country ski stars encourage the next generation," 8 Aug. 2019 Rose has been vocal about how meaningful it's been for her to be cast as Batwoman, especially as someone who's identified as gay throughout the vast majority of her life, with limited role models to look up to. D. Elizabeth, Glamour, "Your First Look at Ruby Rose as Batwoman Is Here," 9 Oct. 2018 As a striker herself, Alexandra’s biggest role models in the sport are Morgan and Marta. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "USWNT stars Alex Morgan, Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris honored at World Cup celebration in Orlando," 17 July 2019 Many hope the 37-year-old will become a role model for combining motherhood with political leadership. Nick Perry, Fox News, "New Zealand leader recovers with mac-n-cheese after birth," 22 June 2018 Neville speaks with more authority on the subject than most, having seen firsthand the value of positive sporting role models. Nick Friend, CNN, "Tracey Neville: 'I'd like us to get to the point where it's called sport and not women's sport,' says netball coach," 10 July 2019 As women enter a career in IT, studies have found that the lack of female role models and representation is a main component of women leaving the industry. Detroit Free Press, "She’s gotta have IT: Closing the gender gap in MI’s booming tech industry," 3 July 2019 Too many young people grow up without a positive role model in their lives. Simon Perry,, "New Dad Prince Harry Shares How He Wants to Be a Role Model for Son Archie," 2 July 2019 Amazon, which uses thousands of robots in its warehouses, is somewhat of a role model in robotics. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "The Next Generation of Robots Will Be Powered By Artificial Intelligence: Eye on A.I.," 11 June 2019

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First Known Use of role model

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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