What is a role?

What is a role? Here are some definitions.

Noun
  1. A character or part played by a performer or actor.
  2. The expected behaviour of an individual in a society.
  3. The function or position of something.
  4. Designation that denotes an associated set of responsibilities, knowledge, skills, and attitudes
  5. (grammar): The function of a word in a phrase.
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The role of the geosphere itself as a chemical containment barrier is relatively difficult to evaluate.
There were dramatic changes in the role of women and men, in the value placed on women's work within the traditional economy and within the internal dynamics of their society of origin.
Adaptation, a concept of increasing interest to cultural geographers, plays an important role in shaping patterns of cultural diffusion.
In a direct democracy the public plays an active role in shaping and deciding policy.
The program helps people recently released from prison figure out how they can play a constructive role in society.
He plays the role of a meek husband who has been emasculated by his domineering wife.

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