role

noun
1 in a play, film/movie, etc.
ADJECTIVE
lead, leading, starring, title

He has the starring role in the movie.

She sings the title role in Tosca.

big

Lee began to get big roles in movies.

principal
dramatic
meaty, substantial

the chance to sink her teeth into the meaty role of femme fatale Margaret

plum

This is the plum role in the play.

small
supporting
lesser
comic, tragic
female, male

a starring female role

cameo
stereotypical

one of his stereotypical action hero roles

thankless

Ethan Hawke does a solid job in a thankless role.

film (esp. BrE), movie (esp. AmE), television, TV
VERB + ROLE
assume, perform, play, take

In the series, Smith assumes the role of the go-between.

John's playing the leading role in this year's play.

underplay

Walken carefully underplays the role.

fill

The supporting roles are filled by British actors.

reprise

Most of the original cast are reprising their roles.

handle

Sbaraglia handles this difficult role well.

get, land, win

It took her three years to land her first film role.

cast sb in
interpret

She interprets the role as more tragic than I expected.

dance, sing

Dean Ely sings the title role.

PREPOSITION
in the role (of)

He was very good in the role.

2 position and importance
ADJECTIVE
big, huge, large, substantial

Small businesses have a substantial role to play in keeping the economy buoyant.

important, influential, instrumental, integral, powerful, prominent, significant, special

an area where national rivalries play a powerful role

central, dominant, key, lead, leading, main, major, pivotal, primary

Migrant workers played a central role in the state's prosperity.

critical, crucial, decisive, essential, fundamental, vital

Economic factors played a decisive role in the outcome of the war.

useful
expanded, greater, increased

the expanded role of the federal government

diminished, limited, small

the limited role of women in the church

minor, secondary, subordinate, subservient
backup, supporting

He may have to settle for a backup role.

constructive, full (esp. BrE), meaningful, positive, useful, valuable
active, proactive
passive
direct
clear, defined, distinct, exact, particular, specific, unique

Every member of staff must have a clear role.

the specific role of calcium in preventing disease

different, dual, multiple, various

She has a dual role as principal and French teacher.

Many staff perform multiple roles.

traditional
changing
conflicting

her conflicting roles as mother and manager of a large company

advisory, consultative, managerial, regulatory, supervisory
leadership
maternal, parental, parenting, paternal
protective

Their brother plays a protective role.

caregiving (AmE)

The caregiving role is still overwhelmingly a female one.

economic, educational, military, peacekeeping, political, social, strategic

the economic role of small towns

Adult education often serves an important social role.

symbolic
possible, potential

Supervising elections is a possible role for the UN.

gender

essays that question gender roles in a patriarchal culture

female, male

the views prevalent in society about female roles

VERB + ROLE
have, occupy, perform, play, serve

Regional managers occupy a crucial role in developing a strategic framework.

provide
provide sb/sth with
adopt, assume, take, take on

I've had to take on the role of mother in her absence.

accept

I accepted the executive editor role at the magazine.

They have to be willing to accept their roles as caregivers and not managers.

resume
embrace, relish

She embraced her role as ruler of the country.

fulfil/fulfill

The fighting has prevented the UN troops from fulfilling their role as peacekeepers.

fill

He filled several governmental roles.

handle

We are waiting to see if he can handle an expanded role.

carve out, establish

He is trying to carve out a new role for himself.

assign sb, cast sb in, give sb

He has been cast in the role of chief apologist for the government.

reverse

Traditional gender roles are reversed in their household.

find

We need to find a useful role for the volunteers in the campaign.

clarify, define, elucidate, redefine

a clearly defined role within the group

analyse/analyze, assess, evaluate, examine, explore, investigate

The paper examines the role of various institutions.

emphasize, highlight, stress

The authors emphasized the role of the slave trade in the economic development of the New World.

understand

We need to better understand the role of cold regions in the global climate system.

acknowledge, appreciate, recognize

Politicians acknowledge the key roles that young people play in the country.

determine, identify

We will meet with them to determine individual roles.

address

He addressed the role of tradition in design.

downplay

Thomas downplays the role of these letters as historical evidence.

expand

They decided to expand the role that new technologies play at the hospital.

increase, strengthen

He is looking for ways to strengthen his role in the business.

fit

I feel I can fit any role this team needs me to.

swap (esp. BrE), switch
ROLE + NOUN
model
reversal
expectation (esp. AmE)

methods for exploring gender role expectations

conflict (esp. AmE)

This role conflict can quickly escalate.

PREPOSITION
in a/the role

She has joined the team in a consultative role.

role as

the teacher's role as instructor

role at

He assumed a conspicuous role at the new arts agency.

role for

The new prime minister promised a greater role for women in government.

role in, role within

Pressure groups played a major role in bringing about the reforms.

the opportunity to assume a leadership role within your organization


Collocations dictionary. 2013.

Synonyms:
, (in a play)


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