1. the actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or group

    Synonyms : function, office, part
    Type Of : duty
    Examples :
    • play its role
  2. what something is used for

    Synonyms : function, purpose, use
    Type Of : usefulness, utility
  3. an actor's portrayal of someone in a play

    Synonyms : character, part, persona, theatrical role
    Type Of : enactment, portrayal, personation, characterization
  4. normal or customary activity of a person in a particular social setting

    Type Of : activity
    Examples :
    • what is your role on the team?