role-play

verb

ˈrōl-ˌplā How to pronounce role-play (audio)
-ˈplā
variants or less commonly roleplay
role-played also roleplayed; role-playing also roleplaying; role-plays also roleplays

transitive verb

1
: to act out the role of
2
: to represent in action
students were asked to role-play the thoughts and feelings of each characterR. G. Lambert

intransitive verb

: to play a role
role-play noun
or less commonly roleplay
plural role-plays also roleplays
I practice this with student social workers through case studies and role-play. Kevin Brazant, quoted in psychologytoday.com

Examples of role-play in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Super7 has previously launched three series of Dungeons & Dragons action figures based on the iconography of the original role-playing game. Todd Gilchrist, Variety, 26 June 2024 Police in Burlington, Vermont have apologized to a group of high school students who were shaken up by a role-playing presentation that involved a mock shooting. Gabe Hauari, USA TODAY, 7 June 2024 These early online experiences were part interactive fiction, part chat room, and part adventure or role-playing game. Anna Washenko, Ars Technica, 20 June 2024 The former is most famous for his story analysis and breakdowns, while the latter is famous for complete walk-throughs of massive role-playing games. Gene Park, Washington Post, 18 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for role-play 

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Word History

First Known Use

1949, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of role-play was in 1949

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Cite this Entry

“Role-play.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/role-play. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

role-play

verb
ˈrōl-ˌplā,
-ˈplā
: to act out the role of
role-play an interviewer

Medical Definition

role-play

transitive verb

intransitive verb

: to play a role

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