American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To assume or represent in a drama; act out: "Participants are encouraged to pass on leads about jobs ... and to role-play interview situations with each other” ( Hatfield MA Valley Advocate).
- v. To assume or act out a particular role: "When I hire people I role-play with them ... to see how they take pressure” ( Peter Schrag).
- n. Role-playing.
“Children can get the inside track on different democratic processes through a role-play activity where they take the parts of victorious Libyan rebels looking at the future direction of their country.”
“In another game, the counselors described people who had been put into various situations and then asked the children to role-play.”
“If I had seen this as a series of lesson plans (with a nice progression from warmer ‘thought’ pieces, to language work and reading, listening and role-play) I would have been really impressed by the teacher in question.”
“They role-play bullying in school assemblies, teach tactics for defusing situations, and stress respect for everyone.”
“Elgin" is fine when it's good (like on the busy, lurching jam "Batteries"), but better when it's bad: "Kidnapped" is a modest banger about a couple who try to role-play their way out of a relationship rut (for Ginuwine, this is an ongoing theme) by playing kidnapper and kidnappee ("I'll dress up like a robber and wear all black/Nobody's gonna find out where I hid you at").”
“We begin rehearsing it, and we either abandon it to take up a new one or practice it until we role-play that script as who we are.”
“(Domination and sexual role-play are both legal in New York.)”
“When one partner acts like an adult and the other doesn't, then the role-play is more parent/child than equals, and then resentment is bound to build.”
“I agree with those who think you could have done without the dead son being tacked on, but I had no problem tracking the development from John Wayne role-play to a very real shooting.”
“Nice Style took the already pretty kitsch role-play of 70s pop and treated it to a heady dose of knowing, art-world irony.”
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