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English - Vietnamese Dictionary
role /roul/ (rôle) /roul/
  • danh từ
    • vai, vai trò
      • to play the leading role: thủ vai chính (trong vở kịch); đóng vai trò lânh đạo
Concise Dictionary
+the actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or group
+an actor's portrayal of someone in a play
+what something is used for
+normal or customary activity of a person in a particular social setting

Thesaurus Dictionary
1 rôle, part, character, impersonation; lines:
She had the role of Maria in a recent production of Twelfth Night .
2 function, position, situation, place, post, capacity, job, duty, task, responsibility:
Hermione's role in the company is that of managing director.
Advanced English Dictionary
+ noun
1 the function or position that sb has or is expected to have in an organization, in society or in a relationship: the role of the teacher in the classroom + She refused to take on the traditional woman's role. + In many marriages there has been a complete role reversal (= change of roles) with the man staying at home and the woman going out to work.
2 an actor's part in a play, film/movie, etc: It is one of the greatest roles she has played. + Who is in the leading role (= the most important one)?
3 the degree to which sb/sth is involved in a situation or an activity and the effect that they have on it: the role of diet in preventing disease + The media play a major role in influencing people's opinions. + a key / vital role
Collocation Dictionary

1 in a play, film, etc.


lead, leading, starring, title | supporting | comic, tragic | cameo | film, television | TV


perform, play, take
John's playing the leading role in this year's play.
| cast sb in | interpret
She interprets the role as more tragic than I expected.


in the ~ (of)
He was very good in the role.

2 position and importance


central, crucial, decisive, dominant, essential, fundamental, important, key, leading, major, pivotal, primary, prominent, significant, vital | minor, secondary, subordinate | constructive, full, positive, useful, valuable | active | passive | direct | clear
Every member of staff must have a clear role.
| traditional | changing | dual, twin
She has a dual role as principal and French teacher.
| conflicting
her conflicting roles as mother and manager of a large company
| advisory, consultative, managerial, supervisory | maternal, parental | economic, educational, military, political, social, strategic
the economic role of small towns A cup of tea often serves an important social role.
| symbolic


have, occupy, perform, play, serve
Regional managers occupy a crucial role in developing a strategic framework.
| provide (sb/sth with) | adopt, assume, take (on)
I've had to take on the role of mother in her absence.
| fulfil
He really wants to fulfil his role as godfather properly.
| cast sb in
He has been cast in the role of chief apologist for the government.
| find
We need to find a useful role for the volunteers in the campaign.
| define, redefine
a clearly defined role within the group
| swap


model | reversal


in a/the ~
She has joined the team in a consultative role.
| ~ as
the teacher's role as instructor
| ~ for
The new prime minister promised a greater role for women in government.
| ~ in
Pressure groups played a major role in bringing about the reforms.

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