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

Chris Kraft had pioneered Mission Control and fought the battles in Mercury and Gemini, serving as the role model of the flight director. Time, "Chris Kraft, NASA's First Flight Director, Dies at 95," 23 July 2019 Be a positive role model for the girls and boys who are following in your footsteps. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Census questions and answers; Spotlight on reparations; Omar should respect the country she worked so hard to serve (7/12/19)," 12 July 2019 Tomorrow's Women Wirral empowers young women to make great lifestyle choices by providing positive role models for them. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "How Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's First Event of 2019 Compares to Last Year," 14 Jan. 2019 So perhaps the future of positive role models in pop culture exists within romantic comedies, a genre that has, admittedly, touted some pretty dangerous ideals as to what love looks like. Ella Cerón, Teen Vogue, "Noah Centineo Wants You to Find Your Own Peter Kavinsky," 6 Sep. 2018 Because of the palpable realness Schafer brings to her character, members of the trans community have been quick to crown her a role model. Maxwell Losgar, Marie Claire, "Hunter Schafer Isn't So Sure About Being a Role Model," 9 Aug. 2019 So 50/50 line-ups do provide a great opportunity for female artists, offering role models to inspire girls and women to pursue musical careers. Samantha Warren, Quartz, "Why gender equality quotas do more harm than good," 7 Aug. 2019 The Pompano Beach natives continue to make a serious commitment to the community long after their retirement from the game that made them role models in their neighborhood and beyond. Emmett Hall,, "McDougle Technical Institute focuses on student-athlete development," 1 Aug. 2019 Loftus-Cheek's dedication, patience and respect have proven that any player can make it at Chelsea, and this makes him a vital role model to any young players that want to make it at the club., "Ruben Loftus-Cheek: Why the Homegrown Midfielder's New Contract Signifies a New Era at Chelsea," 4 July 2019

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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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