verb (used with object)
to assume the attitudes, actions, and discourse of (another), especially in a make-believe situation in an effort to understand a differing point of view or social interaction:
Management trainees were given a chance to role-play labor negotiators.
to experiment with or experience (a situation or viewpoint) by playing a role:
trainees role-playing management positions.
verb (used without object)
to engage in role-playing.

role-play (rōl’plā’)
v. role-·played, role-·play·ing, role-·plays
To assume deliberately the part or role of; act out. n.


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