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[rohl-pley] /ˈroʊlˌpleɪ/
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.
Origin of role-play
1945-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Children costumes also serve as an avenue for children to explore and roleplay.
Word Origin and History for roleplay

also role-play, 1958; from role (n.) + play (v.). As a verb by 1961. Related: Role-playing

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roleplay in Medicine

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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